A promising bottling from a vineyard in Agoura Hills, this shows reductive aromas of tar, black plum, beef char, black peppercorns and a touch of fennel. A little rustic, these have a hard time coming out of their shell. Intriguing waves of black fruit power the palate, along with black tea, espresso and purple flowers. It still needs time to open up, but is interesting.
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.