Steve Clifton's music-meets-wine project taps into mandolinist Chris Thile and vocalist Aoife O'Donovan's song for this bottling. It shows rounded ripe mango, pineapple, Pink Lady apples and peach on the nose, framed by steely alkalinity and tight lemon rind. The flavors are soft, clean and easy to enjoy, with Asian pear, nectarine and a steady saltiness emerging toward the finish.
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.