Paloma Vineyard


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佛罗里达迈阿密106 条分享
Many people diminish Merlots since the movie Sideways was released in 2004. Ironically the portion of the movie where Jack tells Miles not to sabotage his night, and to drink Merlot if the others in the party wants to drink Merlot… then it came the infamous line were Miles reply: No, If anyone orders Merlot I am leaving. I am not drinking F--- Merlot! Well, what most people don’t know is that the reason why Miles didn’t want to drink Merlot is because this was the favorite variety (grape) of his ex-wife, it was not because he didn’t like it or were something wrong with the variety. This was omitted in the movie hence this spectacular grape began to suffer just one year after Paloma was named Wine of the Year by Wine-Spectator in their 2003 edition. The wine was 2001 Paloma Spring Mountain District MSRP $45 back them.

On September 27th we visited this iconic winery, it was our fourth winery and last of our first (long) day in Napa. Getting here from the valley is tricky and may take as much as one hour, the road gets wending at points but is just fine. Once you are in the property it’s gorgeous, the views are amazing, and it’s so peaceful that you may not want to leave… I wish our schedule allowed us to get earlier to stay longer but, despite getting here after 4pm we spend well over one hour, tasting different vintages of Paloma Merlot, talking about different things with Shel, even a little of politics. Let’s leave it there LOL.

These wines are very good, I bought a bottle of 2010 Merlot Spring Mountain District that we drank 2 days after (still at Napa) and it was well integrated and smooth, I enjoyed it a lot!

There are a few things that impacted me;

This winery maybe the only one standing that doesn’t charge a tasting fee!
Their prices have gone up only $20 in the last 20 years or so!
You feel no pressure to buy anything, no tricky forms to fill out, it’s very casual.

And then we went out to see and touch grapes, interact with the dogs, one of them almost kill my girlfriend, the dog was so happy that came running at 50 MPH and hit her on her knees, she felt face down on the dirt. She laugh, and we did as well but if that happened to me our trip were over just the very first day.

Bottom line, this winery is a must for people that enjoy serious Merlots, Nature, Dogs and the company of the owner Sheldon Richards! I want to thank him for being such gracious to us and my friend David who goes there every year for Harvest and set us up to this magnificent experience!
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Eric F
新泽西开普梅470 条分享
2019年2月 • 家庭
Outstanding wines and lovely vista. Offered wonderful wines for purchase and tasting, including excellent aged merlots.
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Marion M
印第安那Zionsville483 条分享
The view is beyond the best but the wine not so. Place needs to be livened up and prepared for visitors. Wine is average, maybe above. But it needs some work.
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Janice D
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2019年7月 • 夫妻情侣
My husband and I were married at the Napa County Courthouse seven years ago and as soon as the ink on our license dried we drove to Spring Mountain for a tasting at Paloma. The panoramic setting high on the mountain affords 180-degree views of Napa, Calistoga, and Sonoma. But what we love is the personal experience with the family on the deck of their home. Did I mention their Merlots and Syrahs are so splendid? We read that Sheldon was offering some 2012s from our wedding visit so we returned this past weekend. The visit was just exceptional. Sheldon is so unpretentious but just a great conversationalist about everything from the hundreds of hummingbirds that hang out off the deck's feeders to how this year's fruit is shaping up. Our only regret is not buying a case of the 2012 Merlot. We opened a bottle and while drinkable now can easily cellar even longer (and it was great in 2012 too). We love Paloma! And if you are like us and dislike "Frass Canyon" so will you. p.s. the only reason Miles disliked Merlot in Sideways is because it was his ex-wife's favorite varietal--and Miles said Victoria had an amazing palate
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康涅狄格格林尼治181 条分享
2019年4月 • 夫妻情侣
This is definitely a different type of tasting that you've ever been to... we didn't know which building to go into after entering the property which reminded me a cabin in Maine from the outside. Greeted by a couple very friendly yellow labs, the property offered insane views of the valley. We knocked on the door and we invited in to the dining room. Taken back in time to your grandmother's dining room which looked like it hadn't been changed since 1983. Sheldon was there with his wines, and house and was as relaxed as could be. We tried four wines and heard the story.

This certainly wasn't the same as the valley floor tasting rooms, this was honest and true, and it was him and his family. We loved hearing the whole story of the family and the property and how he and Jose tend the land and make the wine. Earlier in the day we visited a property that was bought by a billionaire a few years ago, hired the best, bought the best, etc etc... it was really nice to see a barbell to that with Sheldon and Paloma...

So... how were the wines? Awesome. Napa Merlot = Paloma Vineyards. The prices? Reasonable. This is a winery that is very off the beaten path. You'd NEVER accidentally find it. But it's absolutely worth seeking out. Just north of Lokoya and south of Pride, they have excellent terroir. There is no tasting fee, but be sure to buy some wines if you go. Email Sheldon to set up a tasting.

Pro tip... getting an uber up there takes a long time... our first two cancelled on us, so instead of hitting the button 10 minutes before you think you want to leave, hit it 25 minutes before, just in case.

I'm looking forward to tasting these merlots for the next couple decades. Thanks for everything Sheldon!
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Eric F
新泽西开普梅470 条分享
2019年2月 • 家庭
Wonderful tasting in a family home with gorgeous views. Family story is very interesting. The matriarch had such an interesting role in the winery. Sheldon was a gracious and articulate host. Merlots and Syrahs were structured, elegant (for Napa), and delicious. Great tasting.
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田纳西诺克斯维尔76 条分享
This winery may be small and hard to get to but it has a beautiful view and great wine! We had a private tasting and thoroughly enjoyed our time. Thank you!
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Richard H
内布拉斯加州奥马哈86 条分享
2018年7月 • 好友
My first visit here was a few years ago when Sheldon’s mother was still in charge. Fortunately for all of us Sheldon continues the intense devotion to making exceptional wines. While tastings are limited to small groups that must be booked well in advance, this is a must stop on your Spring Mountain visit. The views out across the valley are wonderful. My last visit was during a Smokey time but I still enjoyed the views and the swarms of hummingbirds.
The setting is special but go for the wine!
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墨西哥卡波圣卢卡斯123 条分享
2017年10月 • 夫妻情侣
My husband and I just took our first trip to Napa with another couple and Paloma was our first visit. It was a great first place to start! We enjoyed our tasting with Sheldon and the view from his house was incredible. The wine was very good and we also enjoyed the company of his three dogs! Definitely a great place to kick off a long weekend in Napa and we would recommend to others for sure!
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加拿大伦敦39 条分享
We visited Sheldon today and had a wonderful experience at Paloma Vineyards. The wine is incredible! The story behind this is inspiring and authentic. If you are looking for a personal experience, this is the place. The wine is outstanding too and the view- only the best!
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