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Palmaz Vineyards, Napa

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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.
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  • Great winery. My hats off to Eduardo he did An amazing job. It is the most modern winery I ever visited. I like the projectors aiming to the roof. All the wines we tasted were extremely good. The meal...  more »
  • Jordan was our gracious host who was both informative and witty :) We enjoyed our private tour and was amazed at the attention to detail, sophistication and elegance of the winery. Our tasting portion...  more »
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  • Hands down, the best winery I’ve ever visited in CA, OR, or WA. Period. Was recommended to me by a business partner who is a wine club member. Coordinated a tasting for a group of ten friends and I can’t tell you how many times I was thanked for doing the legwork and reserving. If you are in Napa, it would be a mistake to miss this winery.
  • The tour and tasting wasn’t satisfying as $100 per person service, unfortunately--the tour conductor assigned to us was neither engaging to us nor knowledgeful. However, it’s still good to see they use the latest technologies such as IR vision to monitor the growth of grape as well as vision inspection and automated process for vinification.

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