2007 Palmina Santa Barbara County Nebbiolo
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Nebbiolo is a blend of fruit sourced from Sisquoc Vineyard planted with the Michet clone (60%) and from Stolpman Vineyard planted with the Lampia clone (40%). It possesses striking dark fruit and plenty of varietal character, but with an extra degree of textural density from these Central Coast sites. It is one of the finest Italian-varietal wines I have tasted in California. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Cherry and rose aromas are complicated by notes of vanilla and peppery spices. Lively red fruit and floral pastille flavors are given spine by tangy acidity and pick up weight with air. The cherry note resonates on the long, sappy, gently spicy finish.
There are few wineries stateside who manage to do Italian varietals justice in the way that Steve Clifton of Palmina does. The 2007 Nebbiolo is a case in point. Varietally correct, you could easily pass this off as a Langhe Nebbiolo in a blind tasting, though the well-integrated tannins might be a tip-off that the grapes came from a less marginal climate than Piedmont. Aromas or rose petals, spice, high tone cherry and plum lure you in. There is vibrant plum, raspberry and cherry fruit on the palate, with an undercurrent of black tea, anise and graphite. Serve at cellar temperature now and over the next five years, at least.