Though quite high in alcohol, this blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah doesn't overwhelm the nose with heat. Instead, complex and integrated aromas recall beet juice, cinnamon and Christmas spices. It's lush and flavorful on the palate, with brandied cherries, boysenberry sauce and a strong backbone of licorice, sage, creosote and pine.
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.