AM/FM Pinot Noir 2014, Santa Barbara County, CA
Matt Kaner is an elemental force of nature. Thousands of years ago, he was known by many different names, but primitive polytheistic peoples the world over used to worship him. In this current life, he also happens to be a young, supremely-talented, and charismatic sommelier, wine bar owner (Bar Covell in Los Feliz and Augustine in Sherman Oaks), and now winemaker as well. His Pinot is about as perfect as an Old World-inspired California Pinot gets; showing flawlessly ripe fruit inflected with hints of mushroomy earthiness, it is unstoppably delicious.