The statement "Winemaking begins in the vineyard," is a cliche to some, but a guiding principle at Mount Palomar. Our estate vineyards are held to a high standard. From vineyard to winemaking, it is our goal to shepherd the grapes and wine through the winemaking process, all the while protecting them from extreme conditions caused by weather or harsh processing methods. We believe that wines should reflect a sense of harmony, presenting the taster with an array of sensations that are pleasing, yet complex. Wines like this match gracefully with food, and are a source of pleasure over numerous meals and tastings.
Although Mount Palomar has won "Best of Show" awards in several major wine competitions, in recent years our direction has been less concerned with medals and more concerned with strengthening the wine styles favored by former Winemaker Etienne Cowper; that is, wines which are true to type, complex and interesting in flavor, with their various elements in balance, ending in a long, smooth finish. We maintain those standards by putting our viticulture and winemaking in the hands of talented and experienced workers. We then test those standards before bottling by subjecting our wines to honest, blind tasting comparison with fine wines from the rest of the world.