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"Kerry Damskey launches Palmeri Wines"
From Napa Register's What's Upvalley column
by Paul Franson, March 2, 2005
"Winemaker Kerry Damskey has announced his new Palmeri wines
with the release of his 2002 Stagecoach Vineyard Napa Valley Syrah. Damskey, who has 25 years of winegrowing experience and owns a consulting firm known as Terroirs, said the label will focus on hillside syrah.
The 500-acre Stagecoach Vineyard, which is owned by Jan Krupp, lies on
the old stagecoach route along the Vaca ridge on the eastern edge of the
Napa Valley north of Atlas Peak.
The grapes grow at 900 to 1,700 feet on southwest facing vineyards carved
out of rocky, rust-colored volcanic earth. The ancient geologic formation of the property has resulted in older, less vigorous soils.
The winery name comes from Quercus palmeri, a small, scrappy oak that
grows in the mountain ranges and its label features a wild and whimsical
boar, an inhabitant of the steep hillsides, holding a leaf in his mouth.
The wines are made in squat, round tanks without tops, allowing the
punch down that develops very broad palate mouth feel in the finished
wines. The wines are made predominantly with free-run juice aged
17 or 18 months in half new French barrels.
Palmeri is a partnership between Kerry Damskey
his wife, Daisy; and Denise Prentice.
In addition to his roles at Palmeri and his consulting firm, Damskey is a
founding partner in Sula Vineyards in Mumbai, India and winemaker at
Dutcher Crossing, a new winery in Dry Creek Valley."