Nearly opaque in the glass, this heavy-duty wine smells of blackberry extract and old leather. The palate is all dark red fruit with a bit of cola, yet the tannins are extremely strong. Hold till at least 2017.
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.