SHANNON REED PORTRAIT

Palmaz Winery | Napa Valley

Shannon Reed

The Palmaz family home...

Thanks to Jordan Gianelli for hosting our tour...

Before the fermentation tanks, the wines go through each of these five petite paper filter tanks...

Brand new empty barrels...

Racking the wine... a rare treat to see!

Fruit bins...

The conveyor system where the fruit is inspected...

Fermentation tanks on the lower level...

Julio Palmaz created a software management system which allows the vintner to monitor each of the fermentation tanks with exact precision...

A projector display above the fermentation tanks on the upper level. Literally anything you want or need to know about the contents of each fermentation tank is available with a key stroke...

A mosaic of Julio Palmaz holding his famed mesh stent...

From Amalia's private office...

Where do I even begin with Palmaz? Quite simply, for me, one of the most incredible experiences because it hits smack dab the epicenter of all my wine geekery: A smaller winery, family-owned, rich history, science, art, culture - and the wine is nothing short of breathtaking. 

Palmaz is a newer winery built on a gorgeous hillside by the Palmaz family with attention paid to every. single. detail. Julio Palmaz, inventor of the mesh artery stent, and his extraordinary wife, Amalia, have married together science and art in the most perfect of ways by using cutting edge technology to enhance an ancient method of wine production (gravity, gravity, and more gravity) so as to cause the lease amount of disruption to the grape as it makes its way from vine to bottle. 

The unassuming hillside upon which the Palmaz winery nestles hides an 18 story (!) "wineaverse" which allows optimum gravity flow of the nectar through five paper filter tanks before moving into the fermentation tanks which are monitored by the vintner, Tina Mitchell, with some kind of technology right out of a Star Wars movie. Seriously cool stuff.

Listen - I can't even begin to write with justice what they do at Palmaz - go visit their website, or - better yet - go visit the winery. You will not be disappointed.

Picking a favorite wine is like picking a favorite child, but Palmaz may have just taken the lead.