2007 Palmina "Honea Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Nebbiolo

SKU #1126867 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A darker, richer, meatier set of aromas and flavors than is found in some of the other Nebbioli comes to life in the 2007 Nebbiolo Honea Vineyard. Black cherries, plums, coffee, mineral and graphite are just some of the many notes that take shape in the glass. The Honea has more than enough depth and richness to stand up to its oak. All the elements fall into place beautifully in this powerful, intense and virile Nebbiolo. This is a gorgeous wine from Steve Clifton. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.  (8/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky ruby. Deep, youthfully brooding aromas of blackcurrant, cherry pit, smoked meat and licorice. Taut on entry but gains flesh and breadth in the middle palate and offers deep dark fruit flavors without any excess weight. A peppery note gains strength on the finish, which is nervy, focused and very long. This is a baby and deserves a couple more years of patience.  (12/2009)

K&L Notes

There are few wineries stateside who manage to do Italian varietals justice in the way that Steve Clifton of Palmina does. How do you start working with Nebbiolo in Santa Barbara County? Steve Clifton loved Italian varietals and had recently started Palmina Winery to explore what the varietals could really do. A friend called Clifton and told him that he had just picked all the Nebbiolo he had grown and the pile was sitting in a truck under a tree--and the keys were in the truck for Steve to come and take it all away for free! Thus began Steve Clifton's love affair with Nebbiolo in California. The Honea vineyard Nebbiolo is a treat. Clifton likens each small vineyard designate to a different Old Hollywood movie star- the Honea is his Sophia Loren- sexy, nuanced, & delicate. (The others include the Sisquoc, which is Katherine Hepburn and the Stolpman, which is Grace Kelly). Fewer than 150 cases made.

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2013 | Send Email
Sophia Loren incarnate indeed! Sexy red cherry, sandalwood, red currant, roses, spice, earth, and petrol with classic Nebbiolo medium plus acidity and medium plus tannin. This beauty can stand up to an Italian Nebbiolo any day.

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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.