The aromas on this bottling are rich yet not overly ripe, with cola, sarsaparilla, candied black cherry and strong scents of baked blueberries. The palate shows impressive florality, with violet and lilac touches, as well as subtle creme de cassis flavors. It is simultaneously rich in body but light in flavors, well built for the cellar.
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.