2010 Palmina "Honea Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Arneis

SKU #1093111 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid yellow. Smoky aromas and flavors of pear skin, peach pit and fresh herbs. Sappy and broad on entry, then firmer in the mid-palate, with good depth and chewy texture. Finishes broad, smooth and long, with the herbal note echoing. This wine has the heft to handle richer foods but also the vivacity to work with lighter dishes.  (10/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Arneis Honea Vineyard was fermented in equal parts of steel and oak. It emerges from the glass with flowers, orange peel and juicy white peaches. The oak adds a nice dimension of volume through to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2013. I can’t think of anyone who has done more to promote Italian varieties in California than Steve Clifton with his Palmina label. I admit I was intrigued with these offerings, and came away deeply impressed with most of what I tasted.  (8/2011)

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14