If this wine is any indication, now is the time to jump into the 2009s from the Santa Lucia Highlands. There is verve on the nose, with a heady mix of cola, violet, sassafras and earthy funk. Then the palate delivers suave vanilla and blackberry brûlée flavors. Tannins are perfectly integrated, and it's ready to rock.
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.