This Niven family project pairs cooler climate Edna Valley Syrah with 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petite Sirah from warmer Paso Robles. Raspberry sorbet, blackberry, loam, spearmint and rose aromas come across as tart and fruity. The palate shows crushed gravel-like minerality, opening into dried strawberry fruit, thyme and pepper flavors. Fun yet serious.
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.