A numeric score on this wine is almost silly, as it's about as bizarre as wine gets. A shade of yellowish orange in the glass, this bottling shows aromas of vermouth, wood varnish, cherry and, yes, blood orange on the nose. The palate combines iron, sour peach, walnut oil and pine much like a Sherry. Fascinating, though not for the mainstream.
A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.