This is a whopper of a Pinot Noir, seen through the eyes of a Paso Robles winemaker. Dark and thick in the glass, it shows black cherry, clove and allspice on the nose. The massive palate offers blackberry and boysenberry flavors, with spicy gingersnap notes giving balance.
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.