Concentrated aromas of black currant, lilac, wisteria and a hint of charcoal show on the nose of this very dark bottling, the first 100% Mourvèdre from this property. The tannins are very soft and massaging to the palate, physically coating the mouth through the sip and delivering flavors of grape Jolly Rancher and creme de cassis. The steadily rising acidity helps cut through it all.
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.