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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Alta Maria 2013 Rosé Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $18
The intriguing golden-pink color looks like sun shining through a rose petal, and the aromas of honey, buttered popcorn and pecan pie are just as appealing. Once sipped, the flavors of poached salmon somehow show. These continue into a long finish, although the acidity soon wipes the slate clean like a good rosé should. This is one of many wines made by…  — M.K.  (7/1/2014)
92
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Curran 2012 Rosé Grenache (Santa Ynez Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $18
A stunner of a rosé, this wine’s pale pink hue does little to indicate its action-packed reality. Nectarine, wet stone, and bubble gum occupy the aroma profile, but the flavors are what set it off. Ruby red grapefruit, strawberry shortcake, and a slight lemon chiffon element hammer home this beauty by Sta. Rita Hills-based superstar producer Kris Curran, formerly…  — M.K.  (7/1/2014)
90
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Scratch 2013 Rosé (Monterey County)

  1. $18
This elegant yet fun Pinot Noir-based rosé is characterized by a voluptuous body, a supple frame on which to affix the typically pleasing rosé scents and flavors of bubblegum and wild strawberry. The finish lingers, with sour apple warmth that recalls the last lick of a Jolly Rancher candy.  — M.K.  (7/1/2014)
90
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Zaca Mesa 2013 Z Gris Estate Grown and Bottled Dry Rosé (Santa Ynez Valley)

  1. $16
As can happen with young wines like just-released rosé, a slight bit of effervescence is visible. The interesting smell of fermentation gives rise to strawberry and pink bubblegum scents. The gum persists on the palate, but in a pleasant, not overwhelming or sweet way, as does red licorice and watermelon.  — M.K.  (7/1/2014)
90
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Le P'tit Paysan 2013 Rosé of Mourvèdre (San Benito County)

  1. $19
Venturing into the orange side of the rosé color rainbow, this Mourvèdre-based wine—with 13% Grenache—brings melon, guava, pomelo and ripening banana to the nose, followed by papaya and watermelon once sipped. It’s a revealing look at the potential of the overlooked Central Coast vineyards that winemaker Ian Brand diligently seeks out, both for his personal labels…  — M.K.  (7/1/2014)
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Ampelos 2013 Rosé of Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)

  1. $16
Salmon pink in color, this rosé brings buttery and floral (orange blossom, night jasmine) aromas together for an all-encompassing bouquet, powered by the 19% Grenache inclusion. On the palate, tropical touches of papaya and mango dance with tart apple and nectarine flavors, which get midpalate lifting from the 6% boost of Riesling as well.  — M.K.  (7/1/2014)
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Buttonwood 2013 Estate Rosé (Santa Ynez Valley)

  1. $18
With an inviting strawberry sundae nose, this bright pink rosé of Syrah from the longtime organically minded team at Buttonwood is all about summertime hedonism. There’s creaminess on the palate, with some apple tartness in the middle and, again, long strawberry elements on the finish. Pair with beef sliders on soft, sweet rolls that are adorned with gourmet…  — M.K.  (7/1/2014)
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Fiddlehead 2013 Rosé Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

  1. $22
The shade of this Kathy Joseph creation is that of rosé-colored sunglasses. Such comfort is furthered with a cherry cola and maraschino cherry nose. A slight effervescent zing on the palate accompanies pomegranate flavors followed by an impressively long finish. Great with a fresh garden salad, but able to handle more substantial fare too, such as breaded chicken…  — M.K.  (7/1/2014)
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