Blackberry jam, gravelly mineral and kirsch scents make for a playful yet intense nose in this blend of 73% Syrah and 27% Grenache. Boysenberry, dried purple flower and candied grape flavors show on the palate, framed by chalky tannins. Give it time to reach its full potential.
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.