Leoness Cellars showcases the potential of Temecula with this Syrah. Sautéed plums and espresso on the nose lead to powerful black-as-night flavors on the palate: dark chocolate, black coffee and chewy tannins, with a hint of black cherry. The finish swirls with evolving vanilla and mocha elements.
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.