The showy nose on this wine, which is bolstered by 5% Malbec, is both fruit-forward and extremely floral, with plum blossoms, cola and blueberry juice. The palate is densely layered and firmly structured, with flavors of caramel, vanilla, anise-laced blueberry pie and minty herbs. Drink 2017–2025.
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.