Deep mauve to light red in color, this bottling conveys rustic aromas of smoked berries, blood and leather on the nose. Smashed wild berries and dried strawberries show on the sip, which also shows some brick and meat flavors. The chalky tannins keep it intriguing.
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.