Licorice, cigar box and a touch of mint highlight the ripe plum-driven aromas on this wine from New Orleans-hailing, Santa Ynez-residing Iris Rideau. A plush mouthfeel comes alongside blueberry notes and apparent tannins that aren't overly grippy. It's a little hot, but also retains an refreshing acidity.
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.