A strongly herbal take on the grape, this clonal combo shows bay leaf, eucalyptus and tarry earth notes on the nose. The palate kicks off with a red plum tang, settling into cranberry -inflected fruit before pine needle-laced forest floor flavors emerge with herbaceous power.
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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.