This bottling combines all the intriguing facets of this grape, from freshness to rusticity. The nose begins with strawberry, plum and mulberry wrapped in dust, leather and tan tobacco. Cinnamon and allspice kick off the palate, with light, refreshing cranberry fruit in the midpalate, dried leather and earth on the edges, and a thyme-oregano finale.
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.