There's impressive aromatic depth to the nose of this winery's top-tier bottling, with black cherry, olive, wisteria, wet wood, juniper and bay leaf all present. These elements converge on the sip, where black plum, light licorice and loamy earth flavors are enhanced by hints of truffle, nutmeg and vanilla. The tannic texture is upright yet not sticky or in the way.
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.