The winery's annual 100% new French-oak bottling, this is rich and smoky, with heavily clove-laced blackberry and blueberry juice, dark strawberry, nutmeg and gingerbread spice on the nose. Similar flavors show on the palate, from mace to dried ginger. A bright red-cherry and cranberry character lifts the sip, as does the juniper and forest-floor finish.
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.