2011 Palmina Santa Barbara County Dolcetto

SKU #1122124 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Starting off the reds, the 2011 Dolcetto is a rich, rounded and quaffable effort that delivers loads of ripe cherry, strawberry, bramble and rose petal-like aromas and flavors in a medium-bodied, easygoing package. It’s delicious and should be enjoyed over the coming year or two. Drink now-2015. Without a doubt, Steve Clifton is producing some of the finest examples of Italian variety wines in California. While I think you get the most bang for the buck from Steve’s more inexpensive whites and reds, his upper-tier Nebbiolos and blends certainly have unique characters and offer high quality.  (8/2013)


 The 2011 Dolcetto is exceptionally beautiful. Dark red cherries, flowers, mint and spices; they all flow with effortless grace from the glass. The 2011 is relatively translucent and light in body for this Piedmontese variety, but all the elements are in the right place. Sweet floral and minty notes reappear on the finish. The vineyard sites are Walker (70%) and Honea (30%), both in Santa Barbara. Drinking window: 2013 - 2017 I have been a big fan of Steve and Chrystal Clifton's Palmina wines for some time, but never have I tasted such a consistently outstanding set of wines as I did during a visit earlier this summer. I tasted a another handful of wines that weren't final blends yet but that were scheduled to be bottled in August. I will report on those wines as soon as I have a chance to taste them.  (7/2013)

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 2011 Palmina Dolcetto is easy-going, with bright berry fruit and a touch of spice. An undercurrent of licorice and minerals.

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2013 | Send Email
Red cherry, red currant, red roses, black plum with medium plus acidity and medium tannin, this lovely Dolcetto is accesible now with food. Pretty & varietally correct!

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- How could you not love a great with a name that means "little sweet one?" But don't let that deceive you. This varietal, grown in Italy's Piedmont, may be a low-acid, fruit-forward red, but it can also have significant tannic structure, particularly those from the Dogliani DOC. Traditionally vinified dry, wines made from Dolcetto tend to have a sweet edge to them, with ripe red fruit flavors and perfumed bouquets. According to the Oxford Companion to Wine, many producers have learned to manage its tannic edge with shorter fermentation. There are a total of seven DOCs that produce Dolcetto: Dolcetto d'Aqui, Dolcetto d'Asti, Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba, Dolcetto delle Langhe Monregalesi, Dolcetto di Dolgiani, Dolcetto di Ovada and Dolcetto d'Alba. Dolcetto is also grown in the Italy's Liguria where it is called Ormeasco.

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.