This blend of 55% Grenache, 27% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 2% Petite Sirah and 1% Carignan is a strong showing for this historic—but only recently revived—region between Morgan Hill and Gilroy. Blackberry, lavender, elderflower buds and soil show on the nose. The structure is quite firm, holding elegant flavors of dark berry, white pepper and strong acidity.
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.