Named after the family's grandfather, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot is still young, but quite delicious and elegant. Aromas of lava rock, dust and cracked earth meet with black-plum fruit on the nose. The palate is framed by sticky tannins, offering concentrated elderberry, rose petal, lilac, incense and wet-riverstone flavors. It has great potential for long aging.
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.