Everything about this blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot is elegantly unique. An intensely focused aromatic line of blueberry, tomato leaf, dried tobacco, black olive and lanolin on the nose leads into intriguing flavors of cardamom and chai spice. Cedar shavings, fennel and crushed olives also show on the expertly structured sip.
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.