Palmina Barbera Santa Ynez Valley 2010
Deep ruby. Aromas of blackberries, black currant and toast with jam. These dark berry notes are mirrored on the palate, and joined by interesting nuances of blood orange, a hint of dried cherry and spicy components -- Chinese Five Spice, white pepper and a suggestion of violets. Young mission figs, black cherries and a bit of black strap molasses are balanced by firm and bright acidity. Crisp acidity and a pleasing finish replete with soft mocha-like tannins. Not yet reviewed; 2009 vintage rated 88 points by International Wine Cellar.
Editorial Reviews for Palmina Barbera Santa Ynez Valley
- Aromas of sweet wild cherry and slightly candied raspberries greet the nose backed by gentle notes of cream, vanilla, spice and herb. This is gentle and subtle on the nose but there is an intriguing underlying complexity and depth hat draws one back to the glass. - Bright acids right up front roll up the palate with bright cranberry, spiced plum and wild cherry flavors that are a bit simple yet wonderfully pure and fresh. Again there is a touch of creamy oak on the midpalate but it remains unobtrusive and in a supporting role. Raealy zest on the back end and into the wild berry finish. Just a happy bottle. There are top notes of flowers and toasted herbs in the mouth that gives this another layer but it’s really about the bright, light fruit. 89pts
Three and a half glasses
Bright red fruit aromas. Violets and cherries. Smooth and easy drinking, cherry flavors, raspberry, good acidity, tar leather and a light cinnamon finish.
Lightly floral, shifting nose with good spice. Flavors are melty and smooth, dark and juicy. Succulent, with a nice spice and well integrated oak.
Copper on the nose, with jammy black fruits and prune. Candlewax on the mouth, which is big and fruity with black cherry and some vegetative green pepper.
sweet cherries, red licorice, violets, raspberries a little cedar and rubber, nice acidity and wonderful round red fruit courses through
Botanical gardens on the nose, you know, that wet-green-fresh smell of lush, manicured vegetation. Violets & daffodils, fruit-bearing trees. Big, ripe, round red fruit throughout, with great acidity and a pleasant jamminess that clings for a sturdy finish.
One big surprise was the Palmina Barbera being the 6 out of 8 favorite at a tasting I held recently. I was trying to be sneaky putting a California Barbera in there with a slew of reputable Italian bottles and my guests picked it out immediately. I will admit that it has a good freshness and length that made it very attractive. It performed an interesting balanceing act of showing many modern Barbera flavors while maintaining the structure of a more traditional styled wine. I was very surprised by this bottle.
External Reviews for Palmina Barbera Santa Ynez Valley
Although grown in California this wine stays true to its native varital characteristics, dry, tangy, with flavors of plum and ending with solid tannins and nice acidity. As with any Barbera something rustic or anything with tomatoes and herbs would be a perfect pair.
Steve Clifton's handcrafted wines made from Italian varietlas are among the best CalItal wines made in America. The 2006 Barbera exhibits a deep rub-red color with violet hues foretelling of the dark fruit profile in the glass. A swirl releases a bouquet of ripe plum, blackberry and black currant along with subtle traces of nutmeg and toasted vanilla. On the palate, the wine is mouth-coating and silky and just plain friendly!
Barbera is a hardy and easy-going grape that is much beloved in the Piemont region of Italy and indeed a part of everyday life there. It is a very old varietal, thought to perhaps be the "Grisa" grapes of medieval times and first documented as "Barbera" in the 1500's. There is an old saying that the grape impersonates the character of the Piemontese who cultivate it - robust and yet unassuming. Barbera's agreeable nature and adaptability to different soils and climates have made it a popular wine grape varietal in California as well as Italy. A true representation of the microclimates within Santa Barbara County, the 2005 Barbera is a blend of grapes from Honea Vineyard (50%) in Santa Ynez Valley, Alisos Vineyard (35%) in Los Alamos Valley and Zotovich Vineyard (15%) in Sta. Rita Hills. Each adds a unique component to the stunning final blend - the young vines from Honea bring bright raspberry notes, Alisos provides a dark fruit base and Zotovich adds spicy notes of pepper and menthol as well as beautiful dark maroon color. The grapes from each vineyard were vinified separately and then placed into neutral oak barrels, one half of which were Slovenian oak and one half French oak from Gamba, an Italian cooper that crafts barrels from tight-grained French oak specifically for Italian varietals such as Barbera. The result is Old World/New World -a classically made wine in the Italian fashion that showcases the superb quality of grapes grown in Santa Barbara County. A big wine that is bursting with bouquet, layers of fruit and delectable textures, the 2005 Barbera is also elegant and refined. It has "presence". A garnet color with amethyst highlights shines in the glass, and the first swirl leads to aromas of blackberries, black currant and dried cherries. These dark berry notes are mirrored on the palate, and joined by interesting nuances of blood orange, a hint of wild strawberry and spicy components - Chinese Five Spice, white pepper and a suggestion of menthol. The wine is mouth-filling and yet refreshing, with a crisp acidity and a pleasing finish replete with soft mocha-like tannins. This wine is definitely one to be enjoyed with food, as it was designed to wake up your taste buds and provide pleasure during and after a meal.
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