Rather dark and intimidating at first glance, this bottling comes from a big elevation vineyard planted on starkly white diatomaceous soils above the Sta. Rita Hills. Aromas of cherry, uplifting spices and stone minerality lead into a silky palate of tar, black fruit, violet and fleshy meats. It's heavy duty but elegant, and likely to sell out quickly at just 200 cases.
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.