Charred wood and myrrh hints meld with hibiscus, rosehip, tea leaf and tangy plum skin scents on the nose of this delicate but layered bottling from Doug Margerum. The palate boasts vibrant energy, which cuts through soft raspberry and graphite flavors. That vibrancy will last a long time. Drink 2018–2035.
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.