We’ve mentioned before that we were lucky enough to have had a private tour and tasting at Palmaz Vineyards last year–well before the county of Napa filed its lawsuit against the winery.
Located well off the beaten path at 4029 Hagen Road, the winery didn’t appear to be anything too extravagant from outside the gated front entrance, but once inside we were quite amazed at what we saw. The Palmaz family has spent years building a massive winemaking facility–equivalent to an 18-storey building–under Mount George. It is here in the massive cave, which stays at a constant 60 degrees, where the grapes are brought in the late summer or early fall each year to begin the winemaking process.
Having personally visited the winery and having purchased a few bottles for ourselves, we’ve become part of the Palmaz Vineyards ‘wine family’ and subsequently get regular updates on new releases and other related news.
Yesterday, we received a letter announcing the release of the 2003 Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. The ’03 vintage marked the first wine made in Palmaz’s massive gravity flow winemaking facility–and due to cool temperatures and other factors that year, the winery only produced 459 cases of the wine (which goes for $100 per bottle). We’ve not yet tried this particular vintage, but will likely be picking up a bottle before the restricted distribution is lifted in the next month or so. From the tasting notes:
Ripe berry, black cherry, and red currant with a hint of chocolate are at the forefront of this estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Firm, well integrated tannins add complexity to the layers of dark fruit, dried herbs and spicy oak flavors.
We’ve also been talking to Amalia Palmaz about participating in our Five Questions series, which she’s agreed to do depending on the on-going litigation and her ability to officially get the winery open. Stay tuned…
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