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Acorn Sangiovese Alegría Vineyards Russian River Valley 2007

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In 1990, we were delighted to find Sangiovese inter-planted in our old Zinfandel vineyard. We used cuttings from those old Sangiovese vines and six other distinct selections of Sangiovese to plant our Acorn Hill block. We interplanted two other Tuscan grapes that are traditionally blended with Sangiovese: Canaiolo (for color) and Mammolo (for aroma). We attribute the “Italianate” quality in our Sangiovese to both to our cool Russian River Valley climate and that we field blend and co-ferment multiple clones of Sangiovese along with Canaiolo and Mammolo. Our location seems to be at the edge of the grapes’ comfort zone, but that assures that we get well-developed flavors without any overripe character. The quality of the wine also reflects our hands-on attention to the sustainably farmed vines. 2007 marked our 14th Sangiovese harvest. We had mild summer weather, which was ideal for color and flavor development. Fog in September extended the growing season as the grapes slowly ripened until harvest. After a three day cold soak to extract skin color, we added Brunello yeast to start fermentation. On October 22, we pressed the wine to Bill’s careful selection of barrels that complement the delightful but subtle flavors of our Sangiovese field blend.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Acorn Sangiovese Alegría Vineyards Russian River Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,631
4.00 5
02/26/2010

Wood, wet earth, twizzler candy, some sandy and chalky soil tones all blend on the nose. This starts out feeling quite soft but quickly gains the snap of good acidity and astringent tannins that help to frame the slightly dark, but still transparent black raspberry and cherry fruit. It’s a touch hot on the palate, and that serves to accentuate the spicy nature of the wine. The finish has a bit of wood tannin, and is a bit hot but offers nice purity to that wild raspberry fruit tone. There is a very nice vein of mineral and bitter almond skin running through the palate and on to the long finish. 89pts


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3.50 5
02/23/2010

Clumps of earth, red fruit, and spice nose. Oak is certainly present but well integrated with the big bright red fruit, mostly raspberries and cranberries. There's a bit of burnt rubber on the finish.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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3.50 5
04/07/2011

Nose is campy, like big game hunter. I hate how the does run in front of the bucks, but that's the whole challenge I guess. Flowers and herbs to boot. The mouth is kind of sharp w/ acidity and astringent tannins. There's kind of a round chalkiness in the middle, and some red fruits come forward in the release. Enjoyable for a glass or two.


Snooth User: solomania9
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2.50 5
02/23/2010

Seductive oaky eucalyptus nose. Oak dominated prickly start that boils over into a medicinal chalky finish. A huge fun wine but the finish kind of ruined it for me.


Snooth User: Hana Choi
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3.00 5
04/08/2011

Very earthy with an almost gamy quality that I'd love to pair with some peppery cured meats. Dark fruit with a touch of oakiness. Mild and creamy on the palate.


Snooth User: Klhager
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3.00 5
04/07/2011

The nose is super earthy, but there is some bright red fruit behind it. Acidic with mild tannins, and a vanilla oakiness comes through in the end.



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Subtle yet seductive aromas of toasty oak and ripe plum mingle with hints of rich vanilla and earth notes. A creamy texture, rounded mouthfeel, and bright acidity hold flavors of dark cherry, spicy plum, mocha, and black tea. The luscious vanillin oak layers over the spicy fruit and lingers into the long finish. Enhanced by 17 months aging in carefully selected barrels, this food-friendly Sangiovese is an ideal match with melon wrapped prosciutto, panzanella salad, brick-oven pizza, spicy roasted chicken, your favorite Italian meal, and more. Salute!

In 1990, we were delighted to find Sangiovese inter-planted in our old Zinfandel vineyard. We used cuttings from those old Sangiovese vines and six other distinct selections of Sangiovese to plant our Acorn Hill block. We interplanted two other Tuscan grapes that are traditionally blended with Sangiovese: Canaiolo (for color) and Mammolo (for aroma). We attribute the “Italianate” quality in our Sangiovese to both to our cool Russian River Valley climate and that we field blend and co-ferment multiple clones of Sangiovese along with Canaiolo and Mammolo. Our location seems to be at the edge of the grapes’ comfort zone, but that assures that we get well-developed flavors without any overripe character. The quality of the wine also reflects our hands-on attention to the sustainably farmed vines. 2007 marked our 14th Sangiovese harvest. We had mild summer weather, which was ideal for color and flavor development. Fog in September extended the growing season as the grapes slowly ripened until harvest. After a three day cold soak to extract skin color, we added Brunello yeast to start fermentation. On October 22, we pressed the wine to Bill’s careful selection of barrels that complement the delightful but subtle flavors of our Sangiovese field blend.

693 cases produced.

Aged 17 months in Hungarian Oak.

Aged 17 months in French Oak.

Aged 17 months in American Oak.

Notes: 62% Hungarian, 38% American, 7% French; 38% new barrels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.1% pH: 3.71
Total Acidity: 0.65 grams per liter

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