Packaged in the appellation's specially designed bottle, this Syrah from Steve Beckmen's mountaintop vineyard shows smashed blackberry, elderberry, graphite and roast beef aromas. Meaty flavors show strongly on the palate, where herbal touches of thyme and rosemary cling to the firm tannic structure. Vibrant acidity suggests good cellaring potential. Drink 2019–2029.
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.