Very plummy, hibiscus-laced aromas show strongly on this blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre, which is enhanced by a pinch of dried herbs and some cola spice. There is chalky depth to the tannins on the palate, which is easygoing overall, with more red plum and light herb flavors. It is a solid everyday sipper.
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.