There is deep blackberry but also a savory beef element on the nose of this blend of 61% Cabernet Franc and 39% Merlot, as well as graphite and dried herb touches. The acidity on the sip is nearly searing, and the tannic tension is formidable, ensuring decent age-worthiness. Dary berries are the primary 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.