This excellent bottling blends power with finesse, showing fresh red and black cherries, a smoky earthiness and pretty hints of red rose petals and hibiscus on the nose. The flavors are very cohesive and expertly woven on the palate, where bright red fruit is lifted by star anise spice and framed by a taut texture and uplifting acid. Stunning depth.
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.