This is a rich and powerful blend of 50% Zinfandel, 25% Syrah and 25% Petite Sirah. Quite dark and dense, it offers boisterous aromas of boysenberry and blackberry along with espresso, caramel and a bit of graphite. The palate is extremely juicy with vanilla, caramel and blackberry pie, a bit overwhelming but very hedonistic.
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.