Black pepper, cranberry and iron consume the nose on this wine from the Creston district's Italian-minded producer. It's tart and breezy on the palate, with lighter cranberry and pomegranate juices, and plum-skin tannins keeping a bit of sourness in there too. It's tasty, if not particularly Nebbiolo-like.
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.