Although the wine is seven years old, the tannic structure and tremendous grip remain overwhelming. It smells of balsamic vinegar, smoked tobacco, anise and black currant before delivering flavors of sweet tobacco and molasses. It's chewy and barely drinkable now, so hold until 2020.
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.