Sour cherry, damp soil and wet rocks frame this minerally-minded Pinot Noir from the coastal range in the northern part of the county. The palate is dominated by herbs, from oregano and thyme to fennel and licorice, with ripe cranberry framing the fruit profile. An intriguing look at a very promising though just-emerging coastal region.
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.