This blend combines 70% Monterey County fruit with 26% from Sonoma County and 4% from Santa Barbara County to create a dense expression. Baked black cherry, black-plum pie, vanilla crust and anise show on the nose. The palate offers plum juice and rose petals, proving a bit thick but entirely pleasant.
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.