This bottling is boosted by 10% Grenache, 9% Petite Sirah, 5% Malbec and 1% Syrah. It shows fresh violets and lilacs on the nose along with sharp brown spice, pressed boysenberry and hot asphalt. Juicy blueberry and black plums hit the palate first, followed by elegant touches of thyme and bay leaf.
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.