There is a very tarry, somewhat reductive power that persists long after opening this blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Petite Sirah, which somewhat masks the blackberry, brioche and fudge touches. The palate shows tart black plum and gravel, and is still very tightly woven. Expect this to improve in the months and years to come.
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.