Red Wines

 

We believe one of the best ways to taste wine is with food

 

What would Italian food - any food - be without a glass of red wine? Santa Barbara County is such an ideal place to grow a full palette of Italian red varietals, and Palmina's red wines are made to showcase the varietal, the region and sometimes the individual vineyard. Winemaking for each varietal and vintage is unique, but tends to long fermentations and neutral oak barrel aging.  Salute!

Alisos

Nebbiolo SBC

Barbera SBC

Nebbiolo Rocca

Barbera Alisos

Nebbiolo Honea

Barbera Walker

Nebbiolo Sisquoc

Dolcetto

Nebbiolo Stolpman

Savoia

 

Undici

 

 

Alisos 2010
Santa Barbara County

Wine Notes

$30 per bottle
$342 per case

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Fifteen years ago, the wine that first launched Palmina to the wine world was that which is now named Alisos. The intent of this blend has always been one of extreme focus – a stylistic wine of concentration and structure that showcases the best of both the Sangiovese and Merlot grape varietals.

As always, the first clue as to the depth of Alisos is the deep garnet color. A swirl emits aromas of red fruit and spice that mingle with earthy nuances. The bouquet of boysenberry, grated fresh nutmeg and hints of loam invite a first sip that delivers layers of fresh and dried fruit notes to the palate. The first impression is textural, with velvety tannins and lively acidity mingling and accenting fruit notes of plum, mulberry, dark cherry and herbal notes of sage and lavender. High-tone notes are provided by the Sangiovese, with the Merlot adding structure and a dark base, all brought together on the mid-palate by the dried Sangiovese’s pleasing dried plum note with hints of fresh brioche. Elegant tannins are represented by a suggestion of baker’s chocolate and sarsaparilla on the lingering, persistent finish.


Barbera 2011
Alisos Vineyard

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$40 per bottle

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The Alisos Barbera vineyard block was created especially for Palmina in 2002 by grafting Barbera onto established vines. After harvesting the first vintage in 2004, Steve quickly realized that the fruit was something very special.

The steep south-facing hills, low yields and cool growing conditions of the Alisos Vineyard produce fruit that is superb, and results in a wine that is robust, flavorful and food friendly.

The wine is deep-ruby in color and fills the glass with savory, brambly fruit character — mulberry, ollaberry, herbs de provence, white pepper and wild fennel. The palate reveals high-toned red fruit with flavors of black cherry, tar, and fresh herbs. The velvety texture of the wine and lack of tannins create a perfect comfort wine, as well as an ideal pairing with a variety of Fall dishes.

 


Barbera 2011
Santa Barbara County

 

$26 per bottle
$296.40 per case

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A deep ruby color with amethyst highlights shines in the glass, and the first swirl leads to aromas of blackberries, black currant and toast with jam. These dark berry notes are mirrored on the palate, and joined by interesting nuances of blood orange, a hint of dried cherry and spicy components – Chinese Five Spice, white pepper and a suggestion of violets. Young mission figs, black cherries and a bit of black strap molasses are balanced by firm and bright acidity. The wine is mouth-filling and yet refreshing, with a crisp acidity and a pleasing finish replete with soft mocha-like tannins. 2011 Barbera is delightful on its own, but craves a meal! The balance of fruit and natural acidity make this wine an extension of the plate, enabling you to feel satisfied and happy during and at the end of a meal.

Our featured recipe is Miso Beef Bites, created especially for the 2011 Barbera by Chef Budi Kazali from the Ballard Inn & Restaurant.


Barbera 2011
Walker Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley

 

$40 per bottle
$456.00 per case

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"The 2011 Barbera Walker Vineyard opens with the most exquisite aromatics imaginable. A bevy of bright red fruits follow in a soft, textured Barbera loaded pure pedigree and class. An exceptionally polished, refined finish rounds things out in style. In 2011, the Walker Barbera is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty."--Antonio Galloni 93 Points


Dolcetto 2012
Santa Barbara County

 

$20 per bottle
$228 per case

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“Dolcetto” translates to “little sweet one”- not because it is a sweet wine (it is perfectly dry) - because it is a friendly and easygoing grape to work with and so pleasurable in the glass.

Even Dolcetto’s hue speaks to its easy going nature, with a deep and bright ruby color inviting a sip. The nose is spicy and very berry, with a hint of spice mingling with blackberry aromas that waft from the glass. On the palate, there is a perception of hard-candy sweetness that mingles with a beautifully balanced acidity and soft tannin structure. Concentrated black raspberry and plum preserve flavors are interlaced with a subtle earthy minerality that leaves a lasting impression of raspberry, a hint of “red vine” licorice and toasted almonds at last sip. Dolcetto is the perfect picnic wine, a delightful interlude between white and heavier red wines at a multi-course dinner and the ultimate complement to pizza, which is our featured recipe! Enjoy in its youth and serve either at cellar temperature or even slightly chilled.


Nebbiolo 2008
Santa Barbara County

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$32 per bottle
$365 per case

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Light brick and brilliant ruby in color with gorgeously transparent edges, a swirl produces a veritable bouquet of floral and fruit notes; rose petals, violets, soy and savory garden thyme. This wine is smooth and almost creamy on the palate, with a seamless mixture of acidity, tannin and structure that brings fresh fruit notes of raspberry and sour cherry. Reminders of cranberry sauce and a well-aged balsamic then mingle with cinnamon stick spice. The mid-palate is firm and the finish elegant. And the best news is that this wine is ready to drink now!



"Parker Pack" of Nebbiolo 2007

We are very pleased that we get to taste with the writers from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate each year, and that they continue to grace us with great scores and insightful wine descriptions.
This selection of three of our vineyard-designated Nebbiolos lets you, or the wine collectors on your holiday list, taste along with the critics. Includes one bottle each of:
2007 Nebbiolo, Honea Vineyard – 93 points “This is a gorgeous wine from Steve Clifton.”
2007 Nebbiolo, Sisquoc – 92 points. “I especially like the intensity of the fruit here.”
2007 Nebbiolo, Stolpman Vineyard – 89 points. “..the wine possesses gorgeous underlying depth and richness.”

 

$160 per pack

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Nebbiolo 2008
Rocca, Santa Barbara County

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$90 per bottle

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Dark and earthy notes predominate, with classic aromas of roses and tar, and palate pleasing reminders of black truffle, black cherry, garden spice and molé.

Less than 30 cases produced

"The 2008 Nebbiolo Rocca is outstanding. Tar, licorice, dried cherries, wild herbs and hints of chocolate all emerge from the glass and give way to a medium-bodied, balanced and beautifully defined palate. While already approachable, I can’t imagine it not showing well at age 10 or 12. Drink now-2020."
Wine Advocate, August 2013.


Nebbiolo 2007
Honea Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley

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$70 per bottle

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Plush and silky on the palate, bringing notes of plum, black raspberry and dried mission fig, all enveloped in spicy notes of cardamom, vanilla bean, thanksgiving dressing and bakers chocolate.

Less than 150 cases produced.

“All the elements fall into place beautifully in this powerful, intense and virile Nebbiolo. This is a gorgeous wine from Steve Clifton.”
Wine Advocate, August 2012


Nebbiolo 2008
Sisquoc Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

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$50 per bottle

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The wine pairs beautifully with hearty dishes such as braised meats and stews, but be sure to add a savory element such as fennel or orange zest to draw out the subtle nuances in the wine.

Espresso, black molasses, brown sugar and rose petals immediately come to mind upon opening. The bouquet carries through to the palate with notes of blonde tobacco and baking spice laced around a tight core of black cherry. The tannins have begun to soften creating a velvety texture. The wine continues to evolve once opened so we recommend decanting for a few hours prior to enjoying.


Nebbiolo 2007
Stolpman Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley

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$40 per bottle

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Subdued and somewhat serious at first, the wine then releases heady notes of violet, bacon, red rhubarb and cherry all mingling together in a wine with pinpoint acidity and balanced tannin. The biggest, boldest Stolpman ever!

Less than 150 cases produced.

“Although deceptively medium in body, the wine possesses gorgeous underlying depth and richness. Hints of spices, flowers and sweet red berries linger on the finish.”
Wine Advocate, August 2012


Savoia 2010
Santa Barbara County

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$65 per bottle

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The iconic symbol on the label is a blend of the Palmina logo and the symbol of the house of Savoy. In the 1400’s, the House of Savoy reigned over both the Piemonte region of Italy and France’s Rhône valley. A blending of cultures indeed. Inspired by the story and the wines, Steve blended Nebbiolo, Barbera and Syrah to create Savoia. Non-traditional perhaps, but given this history of the name, conceivably the noble Nebbiolo and French Syrah had met before during that long and peaceful dynasty of yore.

Savoia is a blend of three wines: Nebbiolo (50%), Barbera (25%) and Syrah (25%). The Nebbiolo backbone creates structure, tannins and savory aromatic, the Syrah adds fruit and fleshiness and the Barbera helps loosen the tannins and lengthen the finish.

Our featured recipe is Nut Roast & Mushroom Gravy.


Undici 2010
Santa Ynez Valley Sangiovese

Wine Notes

$46 per bottle

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The 2010 Undici is 100% sourced from Honea Vineyard, a site favored with a warm Mediterranean climate and mineral laden soils. Sangiovese thrives on this south- facing hillside, benefiting greatly from exposure to the afternoon sun and heat, akin to that found in its native Tuscany. Sangiovese clones 6 and 23 are planted there to contrast and complement each other in the blend. The hillside block keeps yields low and berries small to provide beautiful tannins and color in the finished wine.

Barley is a great grain that offers a nutty earthy side to this dish that really pairs well with Undici’s deep fruit and soft tannin. Our featured recipe is Barley Squash Risotto.


 
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