New-wave California K–W

Phoenix vineyard being replanted by Steve and Jill Matthiasson in Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

The second half of a survey of some of the brightest and best of California. See also New-wave California A–J.

Below are tasting notes on 63 wines grouped by producer. As in the first half of this report, the introductions to these producers vary enormously in length and depth, from brief one-liners to something much longer about those producers I was able to meet during my visit to northern California in February. A very high proportion of the latter group seem to have names beginning with M. And many Santa Barbara producers have a name that starts with a...