Winemaker Gianni Manucci blends 50% Syrah with 34% Merlot and 16% Zinfandel from his vineyard off Adelaida Road. Aromas of ripe strawberry and boysenberry offer chopped Italian-herb butter in the background. Flavors include elderberry and black licorice, but the palate is dominated by fairly hard tannins throughout. Worth waiting until 2016–2017 to open.
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.