It's fascinating to see California wineries release older sparkling wines. This 13-year-old beauty is dark yellow in the glass and offers aromas of Meyer lemon peel, corn, nuts and orchard fruit. The palate is rich with flavors of corn tortilla dough, dried lemon peels and creamy wheat meal, seeming both nuanced and powerful.
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: email@example.com.