There's so much age present on the nose that this wine seems like it could be a couple years older: candied quince, pralines and cream ice cream, toffee and singed marshmallow. Once sipped, the age is not quite as present at first, with poached pear leading the way and the marshmallow elements in the background. On the finish, there is noticeable booze and wood. It is probably passing its peak.
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.