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Palmina Santa Barbara County Pinot Grigio 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: The most unusual Pinot Grigio we’ve ever had, but at the same time we both said it was very captivating.

Producer/Winery: Steve Clifton; Palmina; Lompoc, California.

Grape Variety: Pinot Grigio.

Geographic Appellation: Santa Barbara County; Central coast, California.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $18.95

Purchased From: Woodland Hills Wine Company; Woodland Hills, California.

Paired With: Sipping.

Tasting:

    Chilled before opening. Clear, very, very light wheat straw color. WOW…stout earthy, damp basement, barnyard and Grenache blanc-like aromas (or maybe a touch of rouge Brettanomyces?) that were VERY surprising. Smooth, slightly plump, a touch creamy with a medium body. Citrusy, baked apple and Rhone white richness and flavors that continued through the medium-long, salty mineral finish. Although not the expected light, crisp Pinot Grigio taste and feel, it had a haunting allure that was really enticing. Acidity was creeping out from the mustiness with every sip and the combination of texture and delectable mouth-feel made the next sip even more delicious. It was not anything like the traditional Italian Pinot Grigio we used to drink every afternoon in the Pizza Novena, but we’re adventurous wine drinkers and this Pinot Grigio really lights a fuse. As we finished the bottle we commented that it was the most unusual Pinot Grigio we’ve ever had, but at the same time we both said it was very captivating.

The Honea Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley is the source for Palmina Pinot Grigio grapes
Photo from Honea Vineyards.

Comments: Learn more about Steve Clifton and his Palmina wines.

Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Reconstituted cork.

UPC Code: 7 38283 65349 0

Imported by: NA