There's a unique nose on this single-vineyard bottling by Joshua Klapper, with black olives, dried figs, cranberries and wood ash combining into a delicate almond-brittle sensation. The palate is subtle and restrained, all about finessed energy and nuanced texture, opening up into strawberries and cracked black pepper. Great right now but will live through 2025-plus.
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.