With its quirky cartoon label, this is a very enjoyable wine from an obscure region northeast of San Diego. Bright and vibrant on the nose with cola, dried violet and plump plum fruit aromas, this bottling is unabashedly jammy. Root beer, black plum, cocoa and nutmeg spice mark the palate. Just a fun, juicy treat.
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.