Spiced plums and purple flowers such as violet make for an appealing aromatic profile on this well-priced wine, a blend of 57% Syrah, 23% Petite Sirah, 17% Grenache and 3% Viognier. The palate is soft with flavors of ginger and red currant, tasting elegant though not exactly restrained. The strong tannins could use until 2016 to mellow out properly.
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.