Arnold Palmer's legacy is that of “man of the people.” Even on the verge of his 80th birthday, Palmer continues to remain relevant in the golf world. He just finished hosting his namesake event at Bay Hill, and he will be an honorary starter at next week's Masters.
Palmer still connects with people, and his wines reflect that persona: Made for the masses, they are as approachable as he is.
Arnie works with longtime friend Mike Moone of Luna Vineyards to make his wines. Luna has a mediocre reputation in the industry, and the wines show it.
Priced around $15 per bottle, the wines aren't terribly sophisticated. But then, they're not trying to be. Generally food friendly, the wines are meant to be drunk now.
As a wine geek, my view of Palmer's wines is that they just make the cut. But I also understand that in the current economic climate, value is important. Palmer's wines are fine, but there is a lot of wine at this price point that is better.
2005 Arnold Palmer Cabernet Sauvignon
From Napa Valley, where Luna is located, the wine has a chocolate and raspberry nose. It is medium-bodied with not much finish.
$15 per bottle
2005 Arnold Palmer Chardonnay
From Santa Barbara county, the wine has a classic Central Coast nose of tropical fruit. It is pleasant with soft flavors.
$14 per bottle