Fall 2018 Wine Club Release of Judge Palmer & Domenica Amato
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Dear Wine Club Family,

We write to you as harvest is in full swing, with beautiful fermentation aromas wafting from the cellar and freshly harvested grapes arriving at the winery almost daily. It is a stressful time of year to be sure, but also rewarding and exciting, as the character of the vintage begins to reveal itself in the fermenting wines.

While 2018 is shaping up to be an epic year, we are generally blessed with weather in California such that vintages are neither "good" nor "bad," as in places with more unforgiving climates, but merely "different." Our winemaking style seeks to accentuate rather than mask those differences from year to year, giving you subtle nuances to enjoy with each new bottling.

Those of you who have been with us since the beginning will have now received four vintages of three of the wines in this release - a few opportunities to pull "verticals" from your cellar for friends and family if you've been patient... 
The list of these wines as well as the others in your Fall 2018 wine club shipment is below, along with a few notes to give you a better sense of each one. 

Your wines will ship the week of October 1st and tracking numbers will be e-mailed to your address on file. Be sure to notify us if your shipping address or credit card information has changed, or if you would like to adjust which wines you'll receive. 

We hope to see you all again at the winery soon, and as always, we thank you all so much for your support. 

Best Wishes,
Palmer Emmitt & Michael Scorsone

Wines In Your Shipment
Domenica Amato 2017 Grenache Blanc
Ceja Farms, Sonoma Coast

Our first vintage of this Rhône white sold out much quicker than we ever imagined it could, and we know many of you have been eagerly anticipating this next release. Classicly lush Grenache Blanc texture and vibrant melon flavors in a surprisingly crisp and balanced package, this rare varietal will not disappoint. Only 142 cases produced.
Judge Palmer 2015 "Sur les Peaux"
Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon, Sonoma County

A uniquely styled and full-bodied white wine, this vintage of Sur les Peaux was co-fermented - 80% Sauvignon Blanc with 20% Semillon - in our concrete egg tank with a small percentage of the grape skins, creating a blend that is reminiscent of aged white Bordeaux and surely stands to improve with further cellaring. Only 106 cases produced.
Domenica Amato 2010 Pinot Noir
Stuller Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

$44 for club members (regularly $55)
We've pulled the fourth and final vintage from Michael's library of stellar Pinot Noir from Stuller Vineyard with just the right amount of bottle age to show its best. As with our previous releases, this wine is deeply complex and intensely flavored, yet perfectly balanced. Only 100 cases produced.
Judge Palmer 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage Select, Sonoma County

For the fourth vintage in a row, we think we've achieved our goal of producing the best bang-for-your-buck Cabernet around - but you can be the judge... Aged in 40% new French oak barrels and including fruit for the first time from our estate vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, this wine is rich and complex with an epic finish.  Only 466 cases produced.
Domenica Amato 2016 Syrah
Cherry Camp, Sonoma Coast

$44 for club members (regularly $55)
When Michael and Palmer first met, Michael was producing cool-climate Syrah from the Sonoma Coast that was a favorite of each of theirs. The culmination of a few years of searching for the perfect spot, this wine is elegant yet bold and savory - the proverbial "iron first in a velvet glove."  Only 49 cases produced.
Judge Palmer 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Beckstoffer Georges III, Napa Valley
$100 for club members (regularly $125)
Our fourth and final release of Cabernet from this historic site (next year To Kalon!), this is perhaps our best example yet of Georges III. A blend of lots from two blocks on opposite sides of Conn Creek, it shows the bright red fruit and velvety tannins typical of this vineyard, with depth and concentration unrivaled in previous vintages.  Only 125 cases produced.

My grandfather James Palmer was a small town man who kept things simple. From his childhood picking peaches and pears in my great-grandfather’s orchards, to building his electrical contracting business Palmer Electric, to serving four terms as judge in the Placerville Justice Court, he lived his life by two simple credos – if you want something done right do it yourself, and don’t put up with any bullshit.

Our approach to winemaking echoes the lessons I learned from my grandfather Judge Palmer – simple, straightforward, and honest. My business partner Michael Scorsone and I learned winemaking the hard way, paying our dues with long hours of hard work in the cellar. We make the wines ourselves at our small artisan winery outside of Healdsburg, and launched and operate the business with no investors, no consultants, and no employees.

Judge Palmer produces Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietal wines from grapes grown in both Napa Valley and Sonoma County. We maintain collaborative and long-term relationships with growers who share our commitment to quality and sustainable winegrowing.

All of our wines across both labels are fermented naturally with native yeasts and no additives other than the minimum necessary sulfur are used during production.

We believe that the honesty and passion with which we make our wines will shine through and resonate – but you can be the judge of that. Try a bottle with a jury of your peers.

– Palmer Emmitt, Owner & Winemaker

The wines we make under the Domenica Amato label, named for my paternal grandmother, are sourced from small, family-owned vineyards and hand-made with passion and authenticity using old-world methods.

Growing up as the son of an Italian immigrant, food and wine were an important part of our family life. My father and uncles would make wine every year in our garage, and the extended family would regularly gather for Sunday dinners featuring my grandmother’s freshly baked bread.

Literally translated, my grandmother’s name means “Sunday love” – each bottle not only honors her memory but also expresses my passion for food and wine that was first stoked at those Sunday dinner tables and developed along my journey from culinary school to my winemaking career.

Domenica Amato focuses on the Rhône varieties Grenache and Grenache Blanc, as well as blends featuring those grapes, with additional offerings from year to year that may change based on the discovery of an exciting new vineyard source or the desire to experiment with different varieties, styles or blends. As part of our constant exploration of both old and new methods to make unique and distinctive wines, we ferment and/or age some of our wines in clay amphorae and concrete egg, and make some of our white wines with skin-contact.

Crafted to be food-friendly and elegantly rustic, I hope you will enjoy our Domenica Amato wines with your loved ones around the Sunday dinner table.

– Michael Scorsone, Owner & Winemaker

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