Though an appellation blend, this bottling often comes from a single vineyard and is treated with great care, resulting in a complete package. That starts with baked red cherry, mulberry and tangy plum on the nose, dusted with nutmeg and hickory smoke. The intriguing flavor profile offers tangy black raspberry, suave hibiscus and other red-flower touches along with clove stick and cinnamon spice.
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.