This provides a strong argument that delicate yet flavorful Pinot Noir can indeed come from the Santa Clara Valley. Intriguing and elegant aromas of lavender and violet meet with Earl Grey tea and bergamot on the nose. The palate's light black-plum and black-raspberry fruit are enlivened by purple flowers and a dusting of dried sage.
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: email@example.com.