There's a very intriguing character to the nose of this bottling, with aromas of dried scarlet roses, hibiscus, strawberry, cola and anise. It's lighter than expected and soft on the palate, with dried fennel and ripe cranberry flavors, and tons of tannic grip on the finish. It will be interesting to watch these components age together. Drink 2017–2034.
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.