Extremely dark in the glass, this tremendous effort by the Daou brothers was nine years in the making, and it shows. Dense aromas of crushed lilacs, chocolate chips, soy and dark purple fruits come through with power on the nose. The palate is soft and supple in structure, offering flavors of blueberry, cocoa, pepper, graphite and candied fruit. The tannins remain a tad sticky, so drink 2018–2033.
A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.