A ripe, fruit-driven nose of blackberry pie and vanilla offers hints of herbs like thyme and oregano in this solid Syrah-Grenache-Petite Sirah blend from winemaker Ryan Deovlet. The medium color profile, presumably from the Grenache, lends to a leaner, medium body as well, with sour cherry emerging as a dominant flavor. Serve with thinly sliced pepper steak.
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.