This clean and sleek rosé comes from the Santa Maria Valley-by-way-of-Louisiana Murphy family. Watermelon candy and juice on the nose come with a touch of peach. These are followed by nice tension on the palate between strawberry fruit, bright acidity, chalk minerality, and quite a noticeable tannic grip for a pink wine.
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.