Tension arises on the nose between the ripe florality of fresh violets and the reductive scents of rubber. Those scents imply it may be rough on the palate, but it proves quite elegant, with blueberry fruit, lavender flowers and a bit of tar. A great Syrah for the price.
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.