Elegant, exotic spice decorates the nose on this wine by Michael Mooney, with leathery clove, elderflowers, hard cinnamon spice and a blackberry fruit core. There is tremendous tension once sipped between graphite, tight elderberries and even some woody blueberries. Bay leaf, pencil lead and purple flower elements pepper the edges.
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: email@example.com.