Dried fennel, wet black clay and loam, minty tobacco, exotic cinnamon, pressed hibiscus and rich raspberry show on the nose of this bottling from a vineyard planted in 1998. The palate offers lots of fruit, with more raspberry, tart strawberry, candied red apple and pomegranate. Tons of graphite minerality and herbal backbone keep it savory and elegant.
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: email@example.com.