There is a lot of promise in this bottling from a single vineyard 1,200 feet above the Malibu coast. Baked blackberry, red plum and sultry strawberry notes appear alongside savory roasted beef and herbs. There's enough pepper on the palate to indicate Syrah, but the fruit is lighter than usual, with bramble and raspberry lifted by touches of fennel and dill.
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.