Yellow pear skin, crushed pine needles and white rocks bolster traditional cat-pee aromas on this wine from the ancient river stone-laden Arroyo Seco appellation. Sharper grassy elements deftly integrate into the palate, with apple and pear flavors as well. Serve with vinaigrette-doused oysters.
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.