This elegant blend of 65% Cabernet Franc and 35% Merlot is still very wound up on the nose, and yet already amazing in aromas of crushed gravel, tar, condensed black currant, black pepper and earthy bay leaf. On the palate, the acidity and tightly woven tannins are pitch perfect for long-term aging, which will allow the black fruit and dark spice flavors to mature. Sit on it until 2019, and drink through 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.