Palmaz Vineyards is a Californian winery in the Napa Valley, primarily dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon production. The estate is located on what was once the Cedar Knoll Vineyard Company, a pre prohibition winery, founded in 1881 by Henry Hagen, one of the pioneers of wine production in the Napa Valley. After prohibition the winery fell into a dilapidated state and the winery was abandoned. The Hagen House and the vineyards have since been restored after they were bought by Amalia and Julio Palmaz in 1997. The family operated winery and vineyards cultivate some 55 acres using sustainable farming practices, devote to Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat along with smaller plantings of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot.
Palmaz Vineyards is noted for having the largest wine cave in the Napa Valley, totaling 100,000 square feet. Palmaz Vineyards’ winemaking and aging takes place within the living rock of Mount George, in a multi-leveled series of tunnels and domes. The height of the wine cave is equivalent to an 18-storey building, providing the vertical range needed for true gravity-flow winemaking. Thus, the wine is not subjected to the violent agitation of pumping, which can change the wine’s intra-molecular structure. This gentle treatment allows finer nuances of flavor to develop naturally.
The fermentation dome is the world’s largest underground reinforced structure. It is 72’ in diameter and 54’ high. Temperature stays constant at 60 degrees and humidity at 75%, the perfect atmosphere for aging wine. The cave houses its own water treatment plant built to comply with strict conservation guidelines.
Palmaz Vineyards 是位于纳帕谷的加利福尼亚酿酒厂，主要致力于赤霞珠的生产。该酒庄坐落在昔日的雪松诺尔葡萄园公司（Cedar Knoll Vineyard Company）上，这是一家禁酒前的酿酒厂，由纳帕谷葡萄酒生产的先驱者之一亨利·哈根（Henry Hagen）于1881年成立。禁酒令之后，酒庄陷入了破旧的状态，酒庄被废弃了。自1997年被Amalia和Julio Palmaz收购之后，哈根庄园和葡萄园就得到了修复。家族经营的酒庄和葡萄园采用可持续的耕作方式种植了约55英亩土地，主要用于赤霞珠，霞多丽，雷司令，麝香以及少量的梅洛，马尔贝克，赤霞珠和小维多的种植。
帕尔马兹葡萄园（Palmaz Vineyards）以纳帕谷（Napa Valley）最大的葡萄酒洞穴而闻名，总计达100,000平方英尺。 Palmaz Vineyards的酿酒和陈酿过程是在乔治山（Mount George）的活石中进行的，多层次的隧道和圆顶组成。酒窖的高度相当于一栋18层高的建筑，可提供真正的重力流酿酒所需的垂直范围。因此，葡萄酒不会受到剧烈的泵送搅动，这会改变葡萄酒的分子内结构。这种温和的处理可以使自然产生细微的味道。
Tasting Notes by Cherie
2016 Palmaz Riesling $70
Mature, intense and vivid.
Beautiful light golden color. Ripe stone fruits of apricot, nectarine; citrus of orange and hint of lime zest; combined with slight mineral and petroleum, as well as honey. Refreshing high acidity.
2016 Palmaz Chardonnay $70
Ripe, strong and complex.
Ripe golden apple, pear, citrus and acacia backed by pronounced new French oak flavors of vanilla, toast. Waves of white chocolate mocha and caramel dancing along the long finish. Full body with refreshing acidity, high alcohol and creamy palate.
2015 & 2014 & 2013 Vertical Palmaz Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting
Powerful, super ripe and complex.
Super intense French oak flavors cover the face with black licorice, nutmeg, black chocolate, cheese, ink and tobacco. The dark and ripe fruitiness appear afterwards: black current, black cherry and black berries. Huge concentration . 2014 & 2015 vintages bear very similar sensory tastings, while 2013 has fresher red fruits flavors and slightly lighter structure. All the wines have great potential to age up to 30 years.