Chalk, cherry, crushed clove and nutmeg are all present on the nose from this 81% Cabernet Sauvignon / 19% Merlot from Paso Robles' Westside. It's juicy and vibrant once sipped, with deep red fruits and a blackberry finish. The wine isn't particularly complicated wine and there's isn't much tannic backbone for long cellaring, but it's tasty, approachable and easy-drinking now.
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.