From a vineyard that's actually west of the Sta. Rita Hills, this bottling offers fresh-pressed lavender, violets and rose petals against a black raspberry, white pepper and crushed thyme base. The palate is tightly focused on black peppercorn, though dark cherry and cranberry fruit emerge along with a compost of wild herbs, tar and eucalyptus.
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.