The wine has lingering leather touches on the tongue and quite a lot of bitter tension throughout. Like many 2011s, it shows a tartness and grip that some may find pleasant, and others just challenging. Food seems a must for this wine, which comes out of Terravant Wine Company in Buellton; try fondue, salted meats, or aged cheese.
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.