Black cherry, milk chocolate, cola, mint and rust show on the nose of this blend of 45% Grenache, 19% Tempranillo, 18% Malbec, 9% Mourvèdre and 9% Zinfandel. That iron element extends to the palate, where dark cranberry and pomegranate fruit shows enough through clay-like minerality. Although dense, it offers lighter accents to keep it lively.
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.