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2014 Palmina Pressed Cabernet Sauv

2014 Palmina Pressed Cabernet Sauv Los Olivos AVA, Santa Barbara County


 
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93pts -Wine Enthusiast | Inaugural Release

Made by Steve Clifton (of Brewer Clifton) at his award-gobbling Palmina Winery, this Central Coast Cabernet marks a true departure for a winemaker previously intent on Italian varietals only. The 2014 Pressed is Clifton’s first Santa Barbara Cabernet. In a fascinating turn of events—the wine is eerily similar in aroma and flavor to Super Tuscan wines relying heavily on Cabernet. Think Guado al Tasso, per one example. Like Antinori’s masterful reinterpretation of Bordeaux, the Pressed Cabernet is a French barrique-aged beauty made from Cabernet Sauvignon, with a touch of two additional Bordeaux varietals. And like Guado al Tasso, this red is replete with creamy cocoa/mocha notes and ripe blackberry and cherry fruit.

·At his Palmina Winery, winemaker Steve Clifton has shown a distinct focus on Italian wine styles and grapes. At Pressed, he is all about California’s most classic varietals.

· Sourced primarily from Great Oaks Vineyard in the Los Olivos AVA, with a touch of Merlot from Honea Vineyard and Malbec from Sisquoc Vineyard. All varietals were fermented separately and matured on their own in French oak barrels (just 10% new) before being blended, bottle aged and released.

·  This is the softer side of Cabernet—that’s what Santa Barbara is all about. While Cabs from Napa typically display firm tannins, Santa Barbara Cabernet is all about ripe fruit and a smooth, easy texture.

· The 2014 vintage was excellent for red varietals along the Central Coast, earning 93 points from the Wine Enthusiast.

Designed to drink now, with tannins already soft and luscious, the Pressed Cab would make a handsome partner to bistecca alla Fiorentina and other red meats.

The 2014 Pressed Cabernet Sauvignon is beautiful in the glass, showcasing a deep garnet color. On the nose, notes of new leather, black cherries, currant, elderberry come together in a bright elegance. On the palate, the wine shows notes of green peppercorns & hints of herbs de provence, and an elegant balance that should only improve with bottle age.

THE CRAFT
All of the grapes were 100% destemmed; native fermentation took place in open top fermenters and was punched down twice per day. Each of the varietals were vinified separately. After fermentation, the wines were pressed into French oak barrels (10% new) where they aged for 13 months before being blended together in November 2015. The wine was given time for the flavors to marry and  was then bottled in December 2015.

From the winery:

Palmina, though, is not attempting to emulate what the Italians have  done for years with these grapes. The intent is to make the best food  wines possible by understanding the translation of the region, grapes  and foods and how they are best interpreted here in Santa Barbara  County. Just like translating a piece of literature from one language  to another, the meaning must be the focus, not just the verbiage.

In Italy, food and wine is part of a healthy, happy way of life that  brings people together. Palmina wines are made in a deliberate    manner that allow each to complement food. Indeed, these wines  are simply a part of the meal - an extension of the plate.

This wine screams for food and pairs perfectly with all grilled meats including pork, beef and lamb. Use of herbs, such as rosemary, sage and thyme would complement the herbal notes in the wine. Also excellent with aged cheddar and very dark chocolate.

Wine Ratings

93 Points -Wine Enthusiast
94 Points - Panel Rated

Wine Reviews

The Central Coast is Quickly Rising
It's been on my radar for some years now, and in the public eye it's now one of the most visited wine regions in the US (I believe it surpassed Napa a few years back). The Rhone varietals are ideal, but on occasion we find a Cab producer with grapes in the perfect little micro-climate, and BOOM, we have a winner. Palmina's Cab is an exquisite dive into Santa Barbara County. Myself, I'm a lover of Old World reds, and this wine grabbed my palate despite all that. At the end of the day, this is a dang tasty wine. -94 Points - JZ April '18 

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