Wine Review – 2007 Palmina Barbera, Santa Barbara, California

Winery: Palmina WinesPalminaBarberaLabel

Bottling: 2007 Barbera Santa Barbara County

Region: California

Sub-Region: Santa Barbara

Estimated Retail Price: $22

Purchase Details: Purchased for $20 plus tax from Blackwell’s Wines & Spirits in the Richmond District neighborhood of San Francisco, California.

Tasting Notes: In the glass, I’m staring at a pretty dark and opaque ruby red hue.  On the nose, the wine smells fresh and alive.  Aromatic scents of lavender, dried thyme, red fruits and raspberries.  In the mouth, wow!  Again the wine just feels alive.  Flavors of red and blue fruits like pomegranate, raspberries and blueberries tango in my mouth. (geez that was cheesy).  A tart, but fleshy finish ends the ride.

A well-balanced wine that really drinks well now, but could definitely cellar for a few years.  Absolutely delicious!  That’s the best way to sum up the flavor experience with the 2007 Palmina Barbera.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: We had this with a homemade bbq chicken pizza, which I proudly display in this post, and the wine was fantastic with it.  It’s a zesty wine, so it will pair well with a lot of with sweet, savory and earthy foods.

Great white shark sized hunks taken from the pizza -- evidence the wine and pizza pairing was delicious.

Great white shark sized hunks taken from the pizza indicate that the wine and pizza pairing was most likely delicious.

Winery & Other Background Information: Palmina Winery is owned by husband and wife team Steve and Chrystal Clifton.  They carry no formal education and background in wine making.  In fact Steve’s background is as a musician and Chrystal’s I believe is in art.  Reading stories like theirs are great reminders to me and should be to anyone aspiring to get into the wine business that anything is possible.  Career changes are pretty commonplace in this business.

The winery focuses on producing a host of Italian varietals from arneis to nebbiolo and even to ancient varietal like refosco.  They are captivated not only by the food and wine of Italy, but the way of life emphasizing family, friends and togetherness.  A quote from their website accurately sums up their wine making style:

“They are not trying to emulate the Italian versions of those grapes, but rather interpret the styles to the growing conditions and vineyard sites of the very unique characteristics of Santa Barbara County.  The wines are Italian by tradition and modern by design and all are designed to be an extension of the plate.”


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