In this magical trio of grapes, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon contributes black cherry and black plum aromas, 33% Syrah adds tar and coffee and 33% Petite Sirah provides violet and crushed graphite notes. They converge on the rich palate, where balanced tannins and acidity present blackberry, fennel pollen and shaved dark chocolate flavors. The tannic coating persists 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.