From the Lakeview Vineyard in Green Valley, this deeply concentrated bottling shows blackberry, crushed graphite, asphalt-laced gravel, dried violets and rose petals on the richly layered nose. The palate is soft and approachable, yet firm enough to ensure a long life, carrying flavors of elderberry, elderflower and a meaty richness. Drink 2018–2035.
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.