Babak Shokrian is the new owner of what was once the Melvilles' Verna's Vineyard, and he hired Morgan Clendenen to make this Syrah. It's rich with stewed black currants and black plum, with hints of licorice and cinnamon on the nose. The well-structured palate shows blackened blackberry and just a glimpse of bacon and maple.
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.