Black pepper, light fennel and pencil shavings give nuance to a nose otherwise consumed by dark blackberries and touches of violets. Tar and espresso kick off the sip, followed by fruity blueberries and purple flowers. The wine is chalky; still-young tannins will help it last a while.
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: email@example.com.