Earthy aromas of clay and wet slate meet with tangy red fruit on the nose of this bottling, which is a best-barrel blend. There is expert acidity and nicely polished tannins, with dark berry flavors along with more slate-driven earthiness. Relatively mellow and reserved for a top-tier effort.
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.