The nose on this Fess Parker study of barrel age is dominated by Christmas trees and eucalyptus, with subtle red fruit in the background. The palate is woody too, with tart cranberry amidst camphor, burnt cedar and spicy forest herbs. A very intriguing bottle.
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.