This bottling by industry veterans John and Helen Falcone always packs in Paso Robles' lushness without breaking the bank. Creamy aromas of black-cherry chiffon, lush roses and violets and vanilla-speckled French toast lead into a ripe palate of black cherry, cassis, mocha and caramel. Soft but structural tannins and a proper acidity hold it together.
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.