There's a touch on barnyard on the nose of this bottling by one of the region's earlier settlers, with aromas of hay and oyster mushrooms adding intrigue to the cranberry fruit. The forest floor and juniper character is strong on the palate, where tart red fruit mixes with pencil lead and bergamot rinds.
I would give this pinot a 89+. Very nice on the nose and very subtle on the palate. Its got the classic santa lucia highlands spice that i very much love. Drink now-2020
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.