Leoness is one of the pioneers of viticulture in the Riverside County region. This wine starts with aromas of mocha, menthol, caramel and cedar. Once sipped, it proves more delicate than expected, with lavender and blackberries. The tannins could use smoothing out, but it would go well with a rich beef dish.
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.