Those who love the smell of campfires could park their nose in this wine all day. But this is gourmet smoke, reminiscent of applewood, with hints of vanilla and tea-smoked duck. On the palate, this extremely well-put-together wine is plush, expansive and tastes like blueberry pie, adorned with the buttery crust and all.
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.