Black as night in the glass, this wine—which come from the Mann Vineyard—is evened out with 13% Merlot and spent 30 months in American oak. Brown spice, black cherries and oregano power the palate along with notes of dried cherries and tobacco. It's drinking quite nicely right now.
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.