Deep and dark in the glass, this Petite Sirah-dominant blend offers aromas of pure blackberry jam on the nose with hints of dried wild fennel and charred plum. It's rich and dense on the palate, but vivacious with fresh black-fruit energy and lifted by clove and purple-flower flavors. The acidity is bright, and tannins are firm but set in the background.
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.