Bright boysenberry fruit is blended with aromas of white pepper, oregano, nettle and rosemary on the underripe nose of this Syrah. The cracked peppercorn flavor shows prominently on the sip, along with elderberry, pine and forest floor. The tannins are oddly sticky.
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: email@example.com.