With aromas of cigar ash, sawdust and horse stable, the barnyard descriptor gets a new definition on this wine from Brent Melville, whose family owned this vineyard until selling it in 2013. The earthy funk persists on the palate before rounding out toward olive and sour fruit flavors. A very interesting wine, but not for fans of traditionally ripe Syrahs.
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: email@example.com.