Sometimes clonal studies miss components, but not so in this bottling. Pretty fruit tones of red cherry and stewed raspberry are layered across vanilla foam on the nose. The palate is framed by a cherry-pie richness, yet retains brightness and freshness thanks to rising anise, fresh oregano and crushed pencil lead. It finishes on vanilla bean.
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.