There is a port-like character to this take on a once popular, now rare grape, grown in a historic corner of the Santa Clara Valley. It shows raisins, prunes and dried fig aromas, but not in a treacly way. Heavy and tannic on the palate, it's quite interesting though not entirely smooth, with more prune and rose-hip tea flavors.
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.