This twist-top, widely available bottling packs both fun and elegance into the bottle. It starts with aromas of freshly smashed red cherries, vanilla cake and sharp mace on the nose. Fresh energy marks the grippy palate, where layered flavors move from tart cherries to salt and pepper, then thyme and brown 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.