Very light in the glass, this wine by Steve Martell strikes a singular stone-fruit note at first, then slides into pluot, Gala apple and fresh, margarita-like lime tones. Specks of focused acidity rule the palate, where a poached-pear warmth shows on the midpalate yet the edges are sharpened by bergamot and Mexican lime zest. The finish tingles the tongue nicely.
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.