The age is showing on this wine, so drink up. The woody nose offers stewed red cherries, cedar and incense, while the palate blends strawberry-black cardamom jam, caramel, vanilla, Indian spice and lush red fruit. It's intriguing and tasty, but not improving.
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.