Alisos 2018
Alisos 2018
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In 1995, Steve Clifton launched Palmina with what was intended to be the first and only wine: Alisos. Alisos is a purely Palmina wine in that it was not modeled after any other Italian blend. 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 Cabernet Sauvignon grape varietals. While many Super Tuscans are Sangiovese based, Alisos is unique in that it has the addition of appassimento Sangiovese. Appassimento is a labor-intensive process originating in the Veneto region of Italy which involves the drying of fruit prior to fermentation. While a very small amount of appassimento Sangiovese is added (5%), it gives the wine unique richness and depth.

Wine Specs
Santa Barbara County
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
As always, the first clue as to the depth of Alisos is the deep garnet color. Aromas of Bing and black cherry, blonde tobacco leaf, and subtle hints of leather. Flavors of red-skin and yellow-flesh plum, clove, mace and star anise mingle with savory notes of beef broth. The weight and texture create a silky mouth.
Food Pairing Notes
The 2018 Alisos pairs well with many classic, fresher Italian dishes such as Chicken Saltimbocca and Cacciatore, as well as steak and lighter pork dishes. For this shipment, we paired Alisos with Mint Crusted Lamb-cicles.