This grape is historically from southwest France but performs intriguingly in this bottling, with aromas of black cherry and sweet sage. The palate presents black olive, cooked cherries and plums, charred meats and decent tannins. There is not a ton of acidity, but it feels balanced nonetheless.
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.