Mount Palomar Winery
John Poole’s son, Peter, has been the owner/operator of Mount Palomar Winery since 1985. Winemaker Etienne Cowper produces a range of wines at Mount Palomar, but focuses on Bordeaux and Italian varietals.
Mount Palomar is a critically acclaimed and has won many major awards. At the California State Fair, the winery has won the honor of “Best Wine of the Southern California Region” an impressive 5 times.
The 2003 Mount Palomar Meritage is a well-balanced blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 11% Petite Verdot, and 7% Cabernet Franc. The 2003 Syrah is another full-bodied wine that was aged in a combination of French and American oak.
The winery’s 2005 Castelletto Cortese was blended with 5% Chardonnay and barrel-aged for a little added weight. The 2005 Viognier has classic flavors of peaches and apricots. It is made from grapes grown in granitic soils that are similar to those in Condrieu (Viognier’s home).
Mount Palomar also makes the 2003 Cinsault, 2005 Chardonnay, 2005 Solanus Late Harvest Chardonnay, 2003 Castelletto Sangiovese, 2003 Castelletto Trovato (blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc), 2004 Shorty’s Bistro Red (blend of Cinsault, Carignane, Petite Sirah, and Sangiovese), 2005 La Famiglia Bianco (blend of 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 26% Chardonnay, 12% Viognier, 10% Cortese, and 7% Riesling), 2002 Cloudbreak, Limited Reserve Port, and Solera Cream Sherry.