Santa Barbara County pioneer Louis Lucas pushes the possibilities of Cabernet in the Santa Ynez Valley. Earthy aromas of wet rock commingle nicely with cinnamon spice and cherry fruit. Once sipped, strong tannins show upfront, with herbs and cherry throughout. This one will get better with time, so cellar until 2018.
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.