2007 Palmina Santa Barbara County Nebbiolo

SKU #1071462 90 points 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.  (8/2011)

90 points 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.  (11/2011)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2013 | Send Email
Spicy red fruits, particuarly cranberry, show lovely precision and tension, brought out even further by the serious, gripping yet fine tannins which Nebbiolo is known for. Very good!

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/28/2013 | Send Email
This is one impressive take on Nebbiolo! Made up mostly of fruit from Sisquoc and Stolpman vineyards, this was aged for three years in used oak and one year in bottle. Plenty of ripe cherry and plum fruits show well alongside vibrant acidity and graphite/mineral notes, all of which is rounded out by well integrated, palate coating tanins. This is a great bottle of wine now, but will definitely reward with a few more years of waiting.

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2013 | Send Email
Steve Clifton has great skill with Nebbiolo in Santa Barbara County. A very varietally correct wine, which spends 3 years in oak and one year in bottle before release from the winery. Red roses, red cherry, mineral, saddle leather, with high acidity and medium plus tannins. With air, and some fabulous Italian fare, this wine is very friendly & accessible now, but I would be thrilled to see what another 5 years would do! Wow!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2013 | Send Email
What a surprise! This is the first example of Nebbiolo outside of Italy that has ever impressed me. This grape varietal is legendary for being near impossible to grow anywhere outside of its native land. The Palmina would have been exceptional if it just tasted good, but this wine is fantastic, and it is unmistakably Nebbiolo. The nose is full tar and roses that the best Alba's have and the wine has a good medium body and big, chewy tannins on the back. Bring on the short ribs!

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- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.