This expertly woven wine proves very cohesive and well balanced, despite its intent to compete with the bigger, often richer wines of the luxury category. Blueberry and blackberry aromas meet with charred wood, graphite and chocolate on the elegant nose. The ripe berry flavors are wrapped in cocoa and light cedar spice, laced together with buoyant acidity.
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.