This blend of 90% Syrah, 5% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre offers Dr. Pepper, cola, pepper-crusted beef and teriyaki touches on the savory, gamy nose. It is a full and hearty sip, with thick, soft and silky tannins presenting flavors of boysenberry, soy, black pepper and candied violet flowers. Well balanced and delicious.
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.