Coming from one of the appellation's newest and most exciting vineyards, this oak-powered wine opens with notes of bright citrus and vanilla-laced buttercream. The palate is powered by the barrel, with hardcore caramel and an almost bitter tannic element. Better for the oak lovers than the acid heads.
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.