Lavish black cherries, plump blackberries and ripe blueberries mesh into a dense floral bouquet with a dried mint accent on the nose of this bottling, which includes 10% Grenache. Dark but zesty fruits of black raspberry and woody elderberry start the sip, settling into cranberry, black pepper and dried beef in the midpalate. The tannins are simultaneously soft and ever-present.
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.