This grape is still finding its way to consistency in California, and this bottling combines interesting black raspberry and reductive tar notes. It's light in body, with red raspberry fruit flavors and pencil shaving accents. Best served with food, since it doesn't offer a lot of compelling character on its own.
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.