This bottling from a region known for savory, earthy wines fits the bill, with strong gravel, black pepper, elderberry and wet pine aromas. It's dry and dense on the palate, with forest spice, menthol and black fruit touches. Characteristic of the region and still very firm and tight in structure.
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.