Black cherry and red cherry show on the nose of this bottling. Quite wound up and reductive at first, it needs time to open up past the tarry entrance. Dense boysenberry, cedar, leather and peppery spice hang from a chalky structure, presenting an impressively complete package at a fair price.
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.