If freshness is the challenge, this very light yet vibrant bottling by Chad Melville is a champion. Aromas of pear flesh and lime blossom lead into a sip that dances across the tongue with flavors of Asian pear, white melon and lemon juice, finishing with a hint of intriguing ash. The wine still zips days later.
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.