Lovely black raspberry, hints of sage, sandalwood, soil, sweet dill, tarragon and fennel make for a very expressive nose on this single-vineyard selection. The palate deftly combines dark but tart plum, pluot and black raspberry fruit with notes of baking spices. The texture is pitch perfect, with judicious acidity and structural tannins.
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.