John and Helen Falcone blend multiple vintages and grapes into this annual experiment, and this is one of the best ones yet. Brown sugar, maple, blueberry pie, vanilla, gingerbread and caramel-laced coffee aromas show on the nose. There's a silky mouthfeel once sipped, with oaky flavors of chocolate, coffee, dried pepper, bay leaf and vanilla into the finish.
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.