Wild cherry and sagebrush show on the nose of this fairly restrained bottling that doesn't rely on any new oak. Thyme and pepper spice show on the sip against a well-woven black-cherry frame. The acidity is balanced and the texture is soft, but the complexity is low.
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.