Grape Jolly Rancher candies lead the nose on this ripe blend of 37% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Aromas of mocha, seared blackberries and chopped mint arrive as well. Quite approachable now, the flavors range from grape juice and dill to blueberry and black spice.
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.