This blend of 50% Mourvèdre, 33% Syrah and 17% Petit Verdot comes from the Kimsey (Ballard Canyon), Jada (Paso Robles) and Jack McGinley (Happy Canyon) vineyards. Straight-ahead aromas of baked blackberry, anise and purple flowers lead into a palate that's tight at the tip and still very wound up. Strong acidity and fine-grained tannins will reveal the slowly emerging dark fruit and sagebrush flavors in due time.
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.