Temecula veteran winemaker Phil Baily has cracked the code on making fresh whites in the region's hotter climes, and this blend of 64% Sauvignon Blanc and 36% Sémillon is a stellar example. Honeysuckle, candied lemon peel, fragrant chamomile and tart pear and apple scents show on the nose while the palate packs tangy honeydew, peach and citrus zest flavors. Bright acidity carries them into the 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.