This blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre starts with very cohesive aromas of fresh-pressed blackberry and slight fudge. The palate is extremely powerful in overripe flavors of black currant, Concord grape and milk chocolate, finishing with a wash of strong acidity. It's very juicy and approachable, but a tad sweet.
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.