Lighter in color, this boasts a brilliant nose of Indian spices, violet and black sage with a cherry-vanilla backbone. Light and bright on the palate, it plays to the cherry side of Pinot Noir, with a bit of cinnamon and graham cracker as well. Only 285 cases.
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.