Mount Eden's more affordable sister label produces this Chardonnay that kicks off with aromas of flint and firecrackers, like a just-fired pistol. The smoke carries to the palate, but the experience is really about tension between the battling fruit, spice and savory elements. There is a mystery to this wine that will only unfold with patience. Drink 2016 onward.
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.