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Acorn "Medley" Russian River Valley 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Like a musical medley (an arrangement of interwoven melodies) each vintage of Acorn Medley is a unique vineyard composition representing the essence of Alegría Vineyards and showcasing the unusual diversity of grapes we grow. It reflects our terroir, our field blend tradition, and the effects of the weather during the vintage year. 2007 Medley is our eighth rendition. Medley takes field blending another step because it is our “blend of field blends.” Each year Bill makes a base blend that includes several aromatic and exotic varieties. After that is produced, we determine which of our other wines “play well” with the base blend to form the final blend. In 2007, the base blend for Medley is the union of three separate blends. Lot 1 was a field blend that included Syrah, Cinsaut, six Muscat varieties, Mourvedre (Mataro), and Viognier. For Lot 2, we crushed and co-fermented a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, and other varieties from our old Zin field blend, along with several table grapes. We crushed and co-fermented a blend of Cabernet Franc and Syrah for our third lot. The three lots were fermented in ¾ ton open top fermenters with a combination of native and cultured yeasts and gently punched down several times a day to extract color and flavor. After the completion of malolactic fermentation, the three lots were racked and blended. Later, we added more field-blended Zinfandel and Syrah to the base blend to create this elegant and complex wine.

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Acorn Winery:
Our old vineyard dates back to 1890. People describe old vineyards like ours as “Italian field blends”, but many of them pre-date the Italians, and they seldom include any Italian varieties. Our vineyard was planted by a family named Brumfield that came from Virginia in 1857. In vineyard censuses done in the 1880s, the Brumfields reported they were growing Zinfandel and Mission. When we bought... Read more
Our old vineyard dates back to 1890. People describe old vineyards like ours as “Italian field blends”, but many of them pre-date the Italians, and they seldom include any Italian varieties. Our vineyard was planted by a family named Brumfield that came from Virginia in 1857. In vineyard censuses done in the 1880s, the Brumfields reported they were growing Zinfandel and Mission. When we bought the vineyard, there were still a couple of Mission vines near the old house, which is no longer part of our property. Of course, “Zinfandel” meant Zinfandel plus other complementary varieties. The Sangiovese in our vineyard was added 60 years ago, in 1950, by A. Raffanelli, who owned the vineyard at that time. The Heritage Vines Zinfandel blocks are a mixed planting that is 78% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, & 10% Alicante Bouschet. The remaining 2% includes Carignane, Trousseau, Sangiovese, Petit Bouschet, Negrette, Syrah, Plavic Mali, Tannat, Muscat Noir, Peloursin, Beclan, Mataro, Cinsaut, Grenache, and a few white grapes: Palomino and Monbadon. We believe that the mix of inter-planted varieties evolved over the years. As a vine died and was replaced, it wasn’t necessarily replaced with the same variety. Our particular mix of varietals is unique. An acorn is a popular symbol of prosperity, good fortune, and potential. (Everyone knows mighty oaks from little acorns grow.). We are tiny like an acorn. Our winery is framed by tall oak trees. Our wine is aged in oak barrels. So ACORN seemed the perfect name for our winery. Bill traded in his law books for books on viticulture, pruning shears, and a tractor when we purchased Alegría Vineyards in 1990. In the early years, he was in the vineyards every day, and Betsy helped out on weekends, but within a few years she too was ready for a change and joined Bill full time. At first, we sold all of our grapes to other wineries, and they produced highly prized Alegría Vineyard-designated wines. Then in 1994, we decided to make some wine ourselves and established Acorn Winery. Our first release, in 1996, was our 1994 Sangiovese. Gradually, we kept more grapes for Acorn and added other wines. Now we make seven different wines—Heritage Vines Zinfandel from the original 1890s vineyard, "Axiom" Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, a special blend called Medley, and a flavorful Rosato (a dry Rose). We still sell half our grapes to other wineries. Several of them vineyard-designate the wines. Our production remains small, at about 3,000 cases each year. All our wines are made from grapes we grow ourselves at Alegría. Every wine is a field-blend, following the ancient tradition represented in the mixed planting that is our original 120-year old vineyard. Every wine is made by co-fermenting multiple varieties. We like to say that our wines are blended from the day they are picked. This is what sets Acorn wines apart. Today, after almost 20 years, we continue to find alegría living in the middle of our vineyards, enjoying the cool Russian River Valley climate, and continuing a long tradition by sustainably growing premium quality grapes and producing acclaimed award-winning wines. Tasting appointments are required. Although we can occasionally accommodate short notice, please call or email us at least 24 hours in advance to ensure we'll be here and can accommodate you at your requested time. Read less

Member Reviews for Acorn "Medley" Russian River Valley

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Snooth User: Philip James
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3.50 5
02/05/2010

Nice raspberry and cassis nose. Lower acidity, round and rich, lush full wine, slight nettle flavor. Spicy, white pepper finish.



Tasting Notes:

From the very first whiff, our ’07 Medley entices with its deep fruit aromas and spicy flair. The opulent texture offers delicious berry and dark fruit flavors folded into a layer of baking spices. Dried strawberries and a floral essence appear mid-palate, while plum and coffee linger into the finish. The wonderful integration of fruit, oak, and tannins creates a harmonious and interesting wine. Pair with a favorite meal, or savor with friends or a good book.

Like a musical medley (an arrangement of interwoven melodies) each vintage of Acorn Medley is a unique vineyard composition representing the essence of Alegría Vineyards and showcasing the unusual diversity of grapes we grow. It reflects our terroir, our field blend tradition, and the effects of the weather during the vintage year. 2007 Medley is our eighth rendition. Medley takes field blending another step because it is our “blend of field blends.” Each year Bill makes a base blend that includes several aromatic and exotic varieties. After that is produced, we determine which of our other wines “play well” with the base blend to form the final blend. In 2007, the base blend for Medley is the union of three separate blends. Lot 1 was a field blend that included Syrah, Cinsaut, six Muscat varieties, Mourvedre (Mataro), and Viognier. For Lot 2, we crushed and co-fermented a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, and other varieties from our old Zin field blend, along with several table grapes. We crushed and co-fermented a blend of Cabernet Franc and Syrah for our third lot. The three lots were fermented in ¾ ton open top fermenters with a combination of native and cultured yeasts and gently punched down several times a day to extract color and flavor. After the completion of malolactic fermentation, the three lots were racked and blended. Later, we added more field-blended Zinfandel and Syrah to the base blend to create this elegant and complex wine.

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438 cases produced.

Notes: 77% American, 23% French; 15% new barrels

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.64 grams per liter

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