2007 Palmina "Honea Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Nebbiolo
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.
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.
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.