Palmina Wines Santa Ynez Valley
Steve Clifton produces Burgundian varietals in partnersip with Greg Brewer at BREWER-CLIFTON as well as this his own label, which are among the most exciting Italian style wines from the Central Coast and indeed in California. Steve and wife Chrystal are regular travellers to Italy, visiting producers there to gain as much insight as possible into the characteristics of the wines they produce, while retaining their own Santa Barbara identity from the myriad of mesoclimates that the County posesses. Whites are all fermented in stainless steel to emphasise their subtle varietal perfume while reds are aged in mainly used oak supporting the strong fruit and fresh acidity of Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. The Traminer is lightly aromatic, more Italian than Alsatian. There is a good, clean fresh and lightly nutty Santa Barbara Pinot Grigio. This is also the source for a lighter, elegant Arneis and a convincing intense, grassy, nutty Tocai Friulano. The range of whites are completed by a fine ripe intensely aromatic Malvasia Bianca along with Subida, a Tocai Friulano vinified with extended skin contact which has not yet been tasted. Nebbiolo comes from a number of sites, the Sisquoc Vineyard bottling below offering greater depth and a firmer structure than the Stolpman. The wines both offer impressive varietal purity without some of the sturdier tannin and acidity you are likely to encounter in top examples from Piedmont. In addition a Santa Barbara example is also well priced (£D) and there are more expensive wines from the Honea Vineyard (£F) and a special cuvée Rocca (£F) made in tiny quantities. The Alisos cuvée is a blend of 75% Sangiovese and the balance Merlot which rounds the palate out and softens the wines structure. The Undici is more seriously structured, the Cliftons touching their caps to Tuscany’s best examples of Sangiovese. Barbera is also made from Santa Barbara County sources as well as examples from the Alisos Vineyard and Walker Vineyard in Santa Ynez. A Santa Barbara County is well priced (£C) while the much pricier Savoia (£F) is a blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Syrah. The top reds have real density and substance and will develop well in bottle for up to a decade. (DM)
❁ Palmina Wines Santa Ynez Valley www.palminawines.com
Steve & Chrystal Clifton 1520 E. Chestnut Court, Lompoc, CA 93436
Tel: 805 735-2030
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