This single-vineyard bottling by the downtown Santa Barbara-based winery boasts a beautifully dark nose of black cherries, white pepper and elegant brown to black spices. Flavors are dominated by blackberries that rise to a grippy, mouthwatering finish. The tannins are still strong, so expect this to last for years. Drink 2017–2024.
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.