Ian Brand is a student of old vines, and it shows in this bottling from a century-old vineyard about 20 minutes south of San Jose. Rose petals, potpourri, dried strawberry and hibiscus-laced rooibos tea aromas transport one back to an old perfumery shop. Then the palate combines the woody tea spices with tart red berries, tarragon and dewy herbs. Fascinating stuff.
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.