There's extreme density of purple flowers and crushed asphalt on the nose of this blend of 58% Syrah, 39% Grenache and 3% Viognier. It's more about florality and minerality than fruit, though plum skins and mashed blackberries do emerge. The palate is led by violet and thick tar and charcoal tones, very reserved in blackberry fruit, but intriguing in structure.
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: email@example.com.