Matt Kettmann

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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Loring Wine Company 2013 Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)

  1. $50

Brian Loring’s bottling of this vineyard planted by Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni is bursting with raspberry syrup, cola and peppercorns on the nose. The palate boasts notes of strawberry juice, red berries and hibiscus. It’s luxurious and sexy.

 — M.K.  (7/1/2015)
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Brewer-Clifton 2012 Machado Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

  1. $75

Incredibly delicious aromas of blackberry syrup, strawberries, cherry pie and cinnamon sticks make for a very juicy introduction to this single-vineyard bottling by Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton. The veil of ripeness carries to the palate, but it proves more serious and restrained, with graphite minerality, bergamot and sage elements. It’s complex and yet easily…

 — M.K.  (7/1/2015)
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Foxen 7200 2012 7200 Grassini Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)

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  1. $44

Amazing aromas of cherry, cedar, cocoa powder and vanilla-clove cigarettes hit the nose on this stellar interpretation of the six-year-old appellation. It’s supple and rich on the palate, with mocha, juicy red berries and plenty of exciting zing.

 — M.K.  (7/1/2015)
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Foxen 2013 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)

  1. $35

Delicious aromas of ripe cherry pie and black cardamom are quite sexy. The palate is far more complicated and layered, with the tartness of plum skins, richness of strawberry, balsamic reduction and spiciness of black sage.

 — M.K.  (7/1/2015)
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MacPhail 2012 Rita’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

  1. $49

This small, Sonoma County-focused producer headed south to make a rich, attention-grabbing wine, with aromas of dark raspberries, blackberries, pulverized cloves, black sage and tobacco leaf. The palate shows smoked beef with cherry syrup, lifted by juniper and pine sap on the midpalate and boisterous acidity. It’s distinctive yet not showy.

 — M.K.  (7/1/2015)
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Boekenoogen 2012 Estate Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)

  1. $39

Delicious aromas of dark raspberries, Bing cherries, black pepper, pipe smoke, smoked meats, thyme and just enough dank mushroom greet the nose. This wine is very full on the ripe and juicy palate, showing more raspberry, rhubarb, dried strawberry and warm black licorice, all balanced by plum-skin bitterness and just enough tannic structure.

 — M.K.  (7/1/2015)
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Landmark 2012 Solomon Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)

  1. $50

The sweet smell of campfire meets with bacon fat, dried purple flowers, black tea, licorice, espresso and just a razor’s edge of ripe fruit. It’s delicious on the palate, with rich raspberry fruits, dried strawberry, mocha and a minty sensation that lingers amidst the noticeable tannic grip.

 — M.K.  (7/1/2015)
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Clendenen 2009 Le Bon Climat Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)

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  1. $50

Suave aromas of browned butter, preserved lemons and seared nectarine surround alkalinity on this purely-for-the-love side project of Jim Clendenen. The edges of the palate are lush and rich with vanilla cream, roasted nuts and butter, but the center holds laser-tight to singed lemon acidity before a finish that shows some marshmallow and nutmeg spice. The wine…

 — M.K.  (7/1/2015)
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