This has long been a favorite wine from the region, and this vintage's blend—45% Marsanne, 25% Grenache Blanc, 27% Roussanne and 3% Picpoul—is a lesson in deft restraint. Crisp lime skin and Pink Lady apple aromas converge, mixing sharp and ripe elements. On the palate, yellow grapefruit flavors are light and refreshing, framed by brilliant acidity and grippy texture.
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.