Although not super complex, this wine offers a great taste of little used grapes like Counoise and Cinsault. A sharp red cinnamon spice note kicks off the nose, with rose petal and cranberry scents that follow. The palate offers candied sour cherry and peppercorn flavors.
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.