The sanguine smells of iron and wet earth characterize the aromatics of this bottling. It then slides into a tart, unripe raspberry flavor, with a faint hint of cola. As in many 2011s, the flavors seem to be stuck somewhere between primary fruit and secondary nuances, with mouth-biting but not pleasure-enhancing acidity in the leading role.
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.