This bottling isn't perfect, but it shows the potential for exploring a less ripe style of Pinot Noir in the Paso Robles area. Snappy sagebrush aromas meet with olive, wet bay leaf, myrrh and plum skins on the nose. The palate is driven by pine-sap, with lots of eucalyptus and juniper as well as dark elderberry, and a hint of elderflower.
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.