A brilliant combination of rich fruit, hearty spice and lovely florality shows on the nose of this bottling by Brian Loring, conveying deep red cherry, cola, rose buds, hibiscus, star anise, dark clove and mace. The palate recalls baked goods laced with allspice and drizzled in black-plum sauce. The richness is attention-grabbing.
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.