An early look at the Chardonnay potential of 2013, the nose on this bottling takes off like a perfumed jet plane. Sweet scents of white flowers make for a very beautiful, lifting and refreshing bouquet. You expect cloying flavors, but the wine delivers with a powerful zing of acidity, bolstered by slight flavors of Gala apple peel and sour banana gum, ending with a pear finish.
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.