Don Lorenzi is making a strong case for growing cool climate-loving Chardonnay in the hot Temecula Valley. This clonal study delivers honeysuckle, marzipan and lemon curd aromas, while the palate offers richer notes of buttered apple and poached pear. Although ripe in style, it's cut by a zesty lemon-like acidity.
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.