Winemaker Larry Schaffer proudly explores lesser-used varieties such as Cinsault, and makes compelling arguments in their favor. This bottling from Camp 4 Vineyard shows fresh and dried strawberry and slightly sour plum on the nose with a touch clove and dried ginger. The palate offers cranberry and hibiscus with red licorice spice, presented with lively acidity.
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.