This wine, made with consulting winemaker Robert Mondavi Jr., dedicates half of profits to fight heart disease. It offers cola, clove, scarlet red roses, fresh berries and elegant purple flowers on the nose, and delivers a palate full of rust and blood elements laid across red cherries and dried watermelon. A hint of white sage adds woody spice.
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.