Bright and showy aromas of olallieberry, packed lilacs and smoked meats make for a very inviting, hearty nose on this bottling. The oak smoke powers the palate, adding savoriness to the plum, cherry and baked-strawberry fruit. A nicely sour herb tension, full of oregano and sage, rounds out the sip.
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.