Matt Kettmann

Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California

Matt Kettmann reviews and reports on wines from the Central and South Coasts of California for the magazine. Santa-Barbara based Kettmann is senior editor for the weekly newspaper The Santa Barbara Independent, for which he has covered local news, lifestyle and beverage beats since 1999, and has reported on local and general wine topics for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Smithsonian, Sunset and Wine Spectator. In addition to organizing successful regional wine food and drink events in Santa Barbara and moderating at the annual Paso Robles CAB Collective seminar at the California Wine Festival last fall, in 2009, Kettmann cofounded New Noise Santa Barbara, an annual music conference and festival, and also serves on the board for Notes for Notes, a nonprofit providing free access to musical instruments and recording studios for music-interested youth.

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Boekenoogen 2011 Estate Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50
Blending distinction with sheer pleasure, the bouquet opens with scents of green, black, and Kalamata olives, sage, forest floor and slate. Those aromas translate remarkably to the palate, which is a potpourri of dried herbs and wet earth. There are barely any overt fruit characteristics, and the savory, sophisticated result is simply delicious.  — M.K.  (8/1/2014)
93
points

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine du Docteur Rodgers Pinot Noir (San Francisco Bay)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $102
While impressive now for its weight and flavor profile, this should evolve well, thanks to its heavy tannins and ample concentration. Right now, there is wet earth and prominent mint on the nose. The palate also picks up spearmint, with sagebrush, licorice and tobacco as well. The tannins emerge at the end of the sip, and will continue to smooth out beyond 2020.  — M.K.  (8/1/2014)
92
points

Bianchi 2011 Signature Selection Garey Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $22
Stewed tomatoes, black pepper and pencil shavings kick off this intriguing wine. It then hits the palate with remarkable suavity and ends with a long strawberry finish. In between, the spice rack rules, making this a suitable pairing for Indian curries or other adventurously seasoned cuisine.  — M.K.  (8/1/2014)
92
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McIntyre Vineyards 2012 McIntyre and Escolle Vineyards Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)

  1. $32
At first smelling like a bowl of red punch, this bottling quickly slides into dark, savory herbals, featuring a bit of five-spice blend that evolves as you sniff. On the palate, it’s smooth and soothing, with blueberry and other dark blue fruits as well as anise. There is noticeable tannic structure, so this will hold well for a few more years.  — M.K.  (8/1/2014)
92
points

Roblar 2012 Gold Collection Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

  1. $50
Blistered tomato dominates the aromatic profile on Roblar’s top-end Pinot Noir bottling. The flavors are also quite pleasing, with the savory umami of stewed tomatoes again leading the way, with some violet and other purple flowers singing back-up. The palate is silky, the finish properly acidic, and the alcohol is nicely restrained. Serve with pasta alla puttanesca.  — M.K.  (8/1/2014)
92
points

Thomas Fogarty 2011 Estate Damiana Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Cruz Mountains)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $60
A luscious and elegant nose promises richness, and the flavors deliver even more than expected. The backbone of zingy acidity finds a perfect match with flavors of white peach, lime, and poached pear. Coming from a 35-year-old, 2,000-foot-high vineyard at the northeast of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this memorable wine that can tackle herb-crusted pork chops as…  — M.K.  (8/1/2014)
91
points

Lucas & Lewellen 2012 Estate Vineyards Chardonnay (Santa Barbara)

  1. $20
Taking off with a bright tangerine and lime nose, the citrus carries through to the palate, where grapefruit flavors take the varietal into curious yet compelling places. Acidity is at the forefront, thanks to the all-stainless-steel processing, but it feels strategically integrated.  — M.K.  (8/1/2014)
91
points

Boekenoogen 2011 Estate Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands)

  1. $38
Vanilla soda, pineapple and a touch of herbaceousness hit the nose first in this Chardonnay, which is grown high in the Santa Lucia range by a family that’s ranched the land since the 1850s. On the palate, some creaminess emerges alongside flavors of tart green apple and toffee nuts. Serve with lemon-herb chicken or well-seasoned fish dishes.  — M.K.  (8/1/2014)
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