Paso Robles winemaker Tyler Russell applies that region's rich style to Sta. Rita Hills fruit for massive effect, great for lovers of ripeness and density. Aromas of baked vanilla cake, black cherry, loamy soil and star anise leap from the glass. Then the palate delivers loads of blackberry compote, licorice and clove, letting it all hang out yet bolstered by bright acidity and firm lavish tannins.
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.