This is a Petite Sirah to sit on while the tannins mellow out a bit. It starts with fresh-pressed blue- and blackberries, a touch of lilac, hints of roasted meat and a touch of black coffee on the nose. The dense structure holds espresso, dark chocolate and a ripe blackberry sensation. Drink 2018 through 2023.
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.