There is an oaky toastiness to the nose of this bottling, which shows light browned butter, honeysuckle and struck match aromas. Its barrel ageing shows prominently on the palate, brightened by lemon peel-like acidity and a finish that combines butter with tang. Toasted croissant notes fill out the midpalate.
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.