There's potential for this brooding, boisterous varietal on the Central Coast. In this bottling from Bella Collina Vineyard, the nose offers black plum, cola and big, fat berries ready to pop. The palate is smooth and held together by silky tannins, showing flavors of plum fruit, cooked cherries and a peppery spice that tingles the tongue from the midpalate onward.
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.