An interesting study of what years of drought can do to an old vineyard, this bottling is powered by dusty earth on both the nose and palate. Shy aromas of mocha, blueberry and mulberry give way to flavors of cracked river stone and turned earth framed by chalky tannins. There's not much fruit on the sip at all, as if it all dried up.
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: email@example.com.