A deep shade of mauve in the glass, this rosé conveys much of its Syrah parentage, starting with aromas of rust, wet earth, dark plum and dewy herbs. Thyme and dark cherry fruit show on the palate, which is texturally sound although a somewhat odd expression overall. Might be better billed as simply a light Syrah.
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.