Palmeri Wines

Sonoma County Harvest Fair - GOLDHarvest Fair, 9/20/14
GOLD - 2012 Van Ness Syrah
GOLD - 2011 Dark & Brooding

Wine Enthusiast - 91PTSWine Enthusiast, 6/1/14
91PTS - 2011 Van Ness Syrah
"Palmeri has a good history with Syrah, and this 2011 is right up there. With rich, complex blackberry and blueberry jam, cassis, salted grilled beef, black pepper and smoky oak flavors, it is sophisticated enough to drink with upscale fare. It should age well through 2020"

Wine Enthusiast - 90PTSWine Enthusiast, 6/1/14
90PTS - 2011 Dark & Brooding
"Dark in color and deeply flavored, as the name suggests, this blend has evocative blackberry, currant, grilled meat, black pepper and oak flavors."

Sunset Magazine - Best in Class/ Gold2014 Sunset Int'l Wine Competition
2011 Van Ness Syrah

2014 L.A. Int'l Wine Competition
GOLD 93PTS – 2011 Van Ness Syrah
SILVER – 2011 Dark & Brooding

2014 OC Fair Wine Competition
GOLD – 2011 Dark & Brooding
SILVER – 2011 Van Ness Syrah

2014 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
GOLD – 2011 Dark & Brooding
SILVER – 2011 Van Ness Syrah

2014 Riverside Int'l Wine Competition
GOLD – 2011 Dark & Brooding

2014 North Coast Wine Competition
SILVER – 2011 Dark & Brooding

Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wine
90PTS – 2011 Dark & Brooding
"...pepper and woodsy spice sit to the rear of well-defined, blackberry fruit first in the nose and then again in the flavors of this ripe and nicely filled wine. Balanced and well-sustained on the palate."

Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wine
89PTS – 2011 Van Ness Syrah
"...more savory than sweet in its array of meaty spice and ripe berries, Palmeri’s High Elevation Syrah is another solid success in 2011 and hits all of the varietal marks."

2014 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition
SILVER – 2011 Van Ness Syrah

2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
GOLD – 2011 Van Ness Syrah
SILVER – 2011 Dark & Brooding

Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Peg's Wine Picks 1.12.14
2011 Dark & Brooding

Peg's Wine Picks 12.9.13
2011 Van Ness Syrah

People are tasting and talking...

Palmeri wins Sunset's Best of Class

Sunset names Palmeri as one of
"Top Wines Worth Their Price"

Sunset, October, 2014

Named one of the top 12 wines worth the price, Palmeri's Van Ness Syrah was described by Sunset International Wine Competetion judges as having "Lovely richness and power. Attractive aromas of blackberry and plum lead to an entry of sweet, dark fruit and hints of tar and spice."


On The Wine Road with Jeff Davis

Armchair conversation with Kerry Damskey
The Wine Road with Jeff Davis

There are wine makers and wine consultants. I talked with one of the most active consultants in Northern California...and the world. Listen in as Kerry shares his experience in Sonoma/Napa counties, in India, Israel and now Costa Rica. - Jeff Davis, 5/17/14.


A Woman's Palate
Daisy Damskey discusses the soils of Sonoma.

Wine Sensory Experience with A Woman's Palate
Article by Jolene Patterson
Discover Sonoma County Wine

T’Anne Butcher of W.H. Smith Wines brought her Wine Sensory Experience on the road to Hotel Healdsburg for A Woman’s Palate Boot Camp. This Wine Sensory Experience is designed to help all level of tasters develop the ability to identify aromas and flavor profiles of wines by learning about aroma development in wine from the grapes growth in the vineyard to the production in the winery.

T’Anne began with a discussion of soils and progressed into a personal challenge with multiple stations that let everyone train their senses with various aromas to identify.

Daisy Damskey of Palmeri Wines brought photos of their vineyards and samples of the actual soils to help us unlock the secrets of terroir (often described in wine as a “sense of place”) while we sampled their Dark and Brooding wine.

Kerry Damskey dines with Grass Routes Travel
Kerry Damskey shares as glass of Palmeri with Grass Routes Travel writer Serena Barlett.

My Dinner with the Wine Doctor
Article by Serena / Grass Routes Travel

I find winemakers as varied a bunch as any, to be particularly gregarious and witty in general. Just as mysterious as the development of flavors going on in the cask, I find a striking similarity of character between wine makers and their wines. After one of the definitive highlights of my summer – a leisurely dinner with international wine maker and consultant Kerry Damskey and Daisy Damskey, his wife, confidant, enabler, and business partner, I think it might be more than mythology.

“Wine is a lifestyle,” Kerry told me, confirming the overlap in winemaking between observing both nature and society. His job includes doing articulate surveys of geography and making critical conclusions about the market. Kerry’s job is to craft a fluid narrative no matter what the crop is doing in a given year. He links winemakers more closely to their land and the fruit it produces.

Listen in on our chat to get a sense of his strong partnership and his inspiring story. And remember, when you’re heading to the tasting rooms over this lingering summer, that the magic of the harvest is in full swing behind the scenes.

A Woman's Palate
Clockwise from left: Suzanne Phifer Pavitt of Phifer Pavitt Wines; Susan Citron, co-founder of A Woman’s Palate; Kathleen Inman of Inman Family Wines; Sharon Harris, of RARECAT wines and co-founder of A Woman’s Palate; and Daisy Damskey of Palmeri Wines.

A Woman's Palate aims to promote women vintners and educate women about wine.
Article by Marylynn Uricchio / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A 2010 Gallup poll found that 48 percent of women who drink prefer wine, compared with 17 percent of men. Wine-tasting groups among women are on the increase, and wine merchants have made varied attempts to market directly to women. Some wineries have even created wines specifically targeted to female drinkers.... A Woman's Palate recognizes that the growing importance of wine in our culture extends into the business climate. As more women advance into the executive ranks and are expected to entertain, they want to know how to order wine for professional reasons as well as personal enjoyment.

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Selected by Oprah's "O list"!...
This is a delight for us. The January issue of O Magazine featured our Umpqua Valley Gewurztraminer in the "White Essentials Super Flight" collection designed by The story of Silk Purse is simple: Kerry's wanderings around the country as a wine consultant took him to many premium vineyard sites with absolutely delicious fruit. It became obvious to us that we needed to launch a small second brand and so we have focused on obtaining the highest quality fruit to pour into our Silk Purse line of wines.

"Kerry Damskey is only happy when he’s making wine—even if he has to go to India to do it...Some people have that ability, that knack of raising you up to their level of blissful connectedness to the world."
From North Bay Biz Special Wine Issue
by Richard Paul Hinkle, Harvest, 2007

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Judges Choice Grand Sweepstakes Award

We had so much fun meeting with other women winemakers at the What Women Want Grand Tasting event, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco in June. The distinguished panel of the National Women's Wine Competition chose our Palmeri 2002 Cabernet Syrah for the 2007 Judges Choice Grand Sweepstakes Award.

"Damskey finds inspiration in fusion cuisine.."
Press Democrat, August 2006
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91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide
to California Wine
2002 PALMERI Stagecoach Vineyard Napa Valley Syrah
"If not the most outgoung, fruit-bomb-style Syrah around, this deep and fairly complete effort certainly has enough ripe fruit at its heart to provide a solid platform for its complex mix of spice, stones, black pepper and dried berries. It is full in palate weight and firms at the back under the impact of normal tannins and balancing acidity, and, while it carries a hint of overripeness, it is table wine first and foremost."

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, July 2005

"Wine of the Week: 2002 Palmeri Syrah"
From the St. Helena Star
by Alan Goldfarb, April 14, 2005

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"Kerry Damskey launches Palmeri Wines"
From Napa Register's What's Upvalley column
by Paul Franson, March 2, 2005

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90 points, Wine Spectator
"Intense and concentrated, with pretty floral, wild berry and blackberry flavors that are tightly wound and focused, with
touches of smoky oak folding in nicely, hints of tobacco
and cedar. Drink now through 2010. 165 cases made."

Wine Spectator, April 2004

"2001 Palmeri Stagecoach Syrah – Bang! Kerpow! Crash! Explosion of flavor,
great debut wine"

From Vinography, "Rhone Style Wines in California:
A Report from the Rhone Rangers Event."

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