The nose is imprecise, jumping from yellow flowers to apple juice, and requiring quite an effort to get that much. Pear skin flavors emerge on the palate, which has a decent tartness but is washed out a bit by the high alcohol. Still a nice table wine, though.
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.