This blend of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from a vineyard at the 33rd degree north latitude shows blackberry jam with vanilla bean, shaved cinnamon and plump purple flowers on the nose. Red currant and red cherries pop on the palate alongside lots of earthy flavors of wet clay. The tannins need a bit of mellowing still.
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.