Russell From masterfully captures the unctuous ripeness of Paso Robles while retaining enough structure to keep the resulting wine balanced. This heavy duty blend of 32% Tempranillo, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Petit Verdot and 19% Syrah is thick and inky in the glass, with transcendent aromas of blueberry syrup, cappuccino and smoked meat that drill deep into the cortex. A firm structure and steady acidity present flavors of black currant and charcoal.
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.