Palmina Wines

Palmina is more than a winery and enoteca. It is a philosophy and it is a passion. It is a strongly held belief that wine is an extension of the plate, a component of a meal and a means to bring people together. Formed by winemaker Steve Clifton in 1995, Palmina is named in honor of Steve’s great friend Paula, who taught him to love cooking, wine and the Italian lifestyle and who was a spark in Steve’s life. After Paula succumbed to breast cancer, Steve found that her given name on her Italian birth certificate was Palmina, and the winery was thus fittingly named.

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  • Malvasia Bianca

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

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  • Well, DJ, I like Ojai Vineyard because I like their wines.  Their tasting room is in the town of Ojai south of Santa Barbara.  It is pretty plain jane, although, Ojai is a nice little town.  If you can procure Ojai Vineyards wherever you live, I don't see any particular reason for you to visit the tasting room.  There are no other wineries in th... Read More

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  • Anyone have some favorite Santa Barbara County wineries that have good wine and also have locations that are scenic or unusual? Read More

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  • GdP hope you don't mind me reposting your comment on WB, but thought it was very insightful. This was in answer to the thread titled, So what wine turned you on to Piemonte?"1978s from Vietti, Marcarini and Aldo Conterno in about 1983. They expanded my conception of the potential of what wine could be, then they screwed with my mind for 12 or14 ... Read More

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  • Palmina Wines Lumina Sparkling Nebbiolo 2010

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    A gently leesy nose shows fine strawberry edged savory/sweet brown sugar tinged graham cracker laced fruit. Exhibiting a very fine mousse and gentle sweetness cut by refreshing acids, this offers up an early hint of hazelnut followed by nice raspberry fruit with a hint offended and pollen on the palate that lingers through the slightly autolyt... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Palmina Nebbiolo Santa Maria Valley Sisquoc Vineyard 2003

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    Hightoned old Barolo-like nose full of parchment, bitter greens, sandy/chalky soil, smoke and spice, and a bit of oak nuttiness here rounding out the nose. This is broad and full bodied and retaining a ton of sweet fruit on the palate with lots of firm tannins still in place,a nice hint of mineral and sweet choco/licorice on the backend along wi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Palmina Nebbiolo Santa Ynez Valley Honea Vineyard 2005

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    Quite floral and meaty with a bresaola and lardo edge to the nutty framed wild berry fruit with smoked bacon notes on the nose. Meatier and perhaps a bit oakier than the 2007 with a hickory nut accent, this is ripe and a bit soft on entry with a slightly roasted quality to the fruit. The tannins are all front loaded here making this just a touc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Palmina Alisos Nebbiolo 2007

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    Intense on the nose, all tarry and filled with the scents of medicinal herbs, lardo, minty spice, and sweet, gummi red fruits. Super elegant on entry, this is nonetheless dense, concentrated and folded in on itself with slow to emerge inner mouth perfumes of mint wrapped plum and wild cherry and tar flavors all supported by finely ripe tannins... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Palmina Nebbiolo Santa Ynez Valley Honea Vineyard 2007

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    A bit of liquory plum fruit gains gentle hints of mint, grilled meat, and soil on the high toned youthful nose that leads to a huge upwelling of tar, Broad on the palate with ripe almost polished tannins, this is tense,youthful and a bit chewy in the mouth with beautifully framed cherry and raspberry fruit that shows incipient tobacco notes. The... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Palmina Nebbiolo Santa Maria Valley Sisquoc Vineyard 2007

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    Throwing significant sediment already, this is evolved on the nose, showing sweet caramelly overtones, rather earthy, with clay spice on the nose and sweet mint accents to the slightly roasted astringent red fruits. This opens with rather soft tannins in the mouth along with bright acids that accentuate the bright red berry fruit. With tannins t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Palmina Nebbiolo Santa Ynez Valley Stolpman Vineyard 2007

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    Old wood greets the nose along with lots of bay leaf infused wild cherry, rose petal and alum scented Nebbiolo fruit that gains a carob and medicinal herb note. This is chalky and just a bit spicy on the nose with an enticing edginess. Powerful and bright on entry with tense transparent fruit, the mid-palate reveals this to be a bit of a fruity ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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