Blackberry and grapeseed offer a fun and punchy aroma to this blend of 74% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Black rocks and black-olive elements keep the wine serious. The palate shows Asian spice on a plum and dried berry fruit frame, boosted by earth, pipe smoke and cement.
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.