There is immense dark depth to the nose of this blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah and 5% Malbec. It shows tar, cocoa and elderberry on the nose at first, then reveals even deeper waves of black cherry and dark spice. The tannins are dense on the sip, where blackberry and elegant licorice flavors reign. This one will last a long time. Drink 2018–2028.
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.