A wild array of aromas emerge from this wine by the estate vineyard of John and Helen Flacone: blueberry, black cherry, smoked cedar, sweet tobacco, lead, pungent peppercorns and sweet hickory. It stays soft and light on the palate, with buoyant acidity balancing the dark fruits. Quite a wine to name after their daughter.
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.