The aromas on this bottling are still a bit wound up, with black currant, cocoa and wet gravel making for a dark, dense and restrained expression. The palate is somewhat mellow, with dark spice, espresso, mocha, and mere shreds of purple fruit. It needs more time to blossom.
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.