Mossy forest floor, pine needle, juniper and black pepper aromas show against a backdrop of elderberry on the extremely compelling nose of this bottling by Ernst Storm from a vineyard to the northwest of the Sta. Rita Hills. The palate shows much more of that foresty spice, as well as tapenade, wild berries, bay leaf and thyme.
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.