Hot blueberry paste, fudge and wet gravel make for an in-your-face nose on this bottling of a three-acre block of the Valley View Vineyard by regional growing pioneer Louis Lucas and retired Judge Royce Lewellen. The palate shows black cherry laced with espresso and black-rock minerality, and an ageable acidity. It could be a cellar classic, but it's tasty right now.
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.