Red cherry, rust, cinnamon, vanilla and wet herbs make for a crisp and compelling nose on this bottling by winemaker Tim Slater, who manages to elicit cooler climate properties from a warmer region. A wide array of herbs, including thyme, oregano, marjoram and sage, decorate the firmly structured hibiscus, red currant and cranberry backdrop. The acid goes deep into the finish.
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.