Interested in exploring one of the newest appellations in Napa? This would be the Coombsville appellation consisting of some of the best hidden gems and delicious red wines all sourced from this cool climate in the Eastern hills of the southern Napa Valley.
If looking for a heritage site home to one of the founding tradesmen and winemakers of the Napa Valley during the early 1800s , the old Hagen estate now currently known as Palmaz Vineyards is a place to visit on your next tasting adventure in Coombsville.The winery and vineyards are subliminal and the food pairing that goes along with the tasting is stellar.
Founded by Dr. Palmaz, he purchased the land in the late 1990’s and developed it into a beautiful estate where efficiency is key for all of these small batch lots. From the vineyards to the bottling, great care is taken to not damage not even a single berry and to not over manipulate the wine so that it retains its true expression from the vineyard. Meticulous farming and gravity flow are two key components that take these wines to the next level.
Upon our visit, our tour guide Doug, whom is also a resident of the cellar crew , gave us an in depth tour covering the many subterranean stories of Palmaz. He demonstrated their sustainable operations, showing us the carousel of tanks that move around by an almost glammed up crow’s nest where the controller sits during the crush.
Hand selected and hand sorted, sorting roughly 8 tons per day is the name of the game for this wine making team and for this lucrative brand. Sharing an Argentine heritage, these bold wines pair well with the big BBQ that adorns the Tuscan patio on one of the few stories that aren’t subterranean in this winery.
Our favorite wine out of the tasting was the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, great tannins and will get better and better with age.
We love this hidden gem, nestled up against Mt. George and allowing us to glimpse one of the oldest original estates in Eastern Napa Valley.
Cheers to our next adventure!