This is a very solid wine for its price, with rocky mineral, dried fennel and herbal aromas on the nose. It really shines on the rich and juicy palate, where smoked beef, oregano, marjoram and thyme notes back up the blackberry fruit. Complex and tasty.
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.