Luscious but not overbearing blueberry and boysenberry fruits power the nose on this wine from a coastal region. It suggests blackberry pastries, chalk and pleasingly aromatic incense. The palate combines oak smoke, black fruits and a spicy, black pepper-driven acidity, providing lots of tactile action on the tongue.
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.