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Alisos 2016

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SKU: 16 Alisos

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 Merlot grape varietals .

While many super Tuscans are Sangiovese and Merlot based, Alisos is unique in that it has the addition of appassimento Sangiovese. Appassimento is a labor-intensive process originating in the Veneta 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.


Tasting Notes
As always, the first clue as to the depth of Alisos is the deep garnet co lo r. 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 2016 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 a pan-roasted Ribeye steak with an arugula salad.

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