Martian Ranch is a winery located in Los Alamos that seems to be gathering a lot of buzz among wine geeks. They produce several different wines biodynamically that are reasonably priced and consistently intriguing. I was pretty excited to receive a bottle of their 2012 Uforic Albariño as it was the first Santa Barbara Albariño I have tasted.
100% Albariño from Santa Barbara County. Indigenous yeasts, no fining, minimal filtering, and a very small SO2 addition. 13% alcohol and a retail price of around $22/bottle.
Pouring a rich yellow-gold color in the glass, this wine opens with beautiful floral aromas. There are also notes of apricot and tangerine. The palate has nice texture and is vibrant with plenty of spice, acidity, and tropical fruit. A fantastic introduction to Santa Barbara County Albariño!