Presumably unfiltered, this wine is slightly cloudy, which leads to a nicely creamy mouthfeel. But first come aromas of blistered cherry tomatoes, fennel seeds and green olives, followed by flavors of soft strawberry, tart cranberry and a tongue-tantalizing finish of cracked peppercorn. Serve with roasted pork.
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.