This booming, boozy blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Syrah, 18% Grenache and 8% Petite Sirah is properly named, opening with fragrant notes of red berries, toasted sage and mocha. It's juicy up front, then gets serious in the midpalate, with tobacco and wild game. Acidity shines through the alcohol on the end.
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.