This bottling from a new winery in Ojai shows salty lemons and lush nectarine on the nose alongside a touch of chives and roasted chicken flesh. The palate deftly blends browned butter with crisp citrusy freshness and a strong textural grip, proving refreshing and rich at the same time. The finish is chalky with hints of sea salt caramel and sliced apple.
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.