This Grenache is a little older than the typical release, and that gives it some extra depth. Aromas of cranberry sauce, baking spice, rose petals, hibiscus and carnations are nose-tickling. The palate is loaded with spice cake, gingerbread and rounded, slightly sour red-cherry flavors, altogether soft and pleasing.
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.