One of the annual blends from the historic West Paso winery, this mix of 55% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Counoise and 5% Mourvèdre shows black cherry extract, elderberries, concentrated rose petals, marjoram leaf and a gamy touch of bloody organ meat on the nose. The flavors prove more slate-driven, with a bit of bacon fat and crushed herbs.
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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.