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Acorn Winery Alegria Vineyards Zinfandel 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

As was standard practice in the 19th century, our Zinfandel vineyards contain a unique blend of inter-planted varieties that has evolved over the past 117 years. All the varieties in each vineyard block are harvested together and co-fermented. They interact and blend together from the day they are picked. This practice produces an intriguing and unusually complex wine. We honor the wisdom of the winegrowers who went before us by continuing their field blend tradition. Extraordinarily focused individual attention is required to coax tiny yields of fruit from the oldest vines that provides the essence of our Heritage Vines Zinfandel. Close attention is also paid to the younger vines to limit their crop to produce fruit of comparable quality. Because of the old age of most of the vines and because 2005 was an exceptionally cool growing season, we picked on three different dates as the grapes reached optimal maturity. We chose a combination of barrels and yeasts to compliment and balance this vintage’s nuanced flavors. This wine is a tribute to our old vines, and the skill and experience of our consulting winemaker, Alison Doran.

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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 Winery Alegria Vineyards Zinfandel

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Snooth User: Oenophilus
33302122
4.50 5
10/24/2007

A rose-tinted edge goes dark to its apparently unfiltered purple center. Oak perfumes, sweet plum, black pepper, and mesquite aromas lead into a wine with a great rich mouthfeel and gentle acids. Focused red fruit flavors, violet, vanilla, coat the tongue while powdered spice (clove & cinnamon) tannins remain on the finish along with sparkling acids on the tongue. Its all there. I'd drink this wine again and again.


Snooth User: mstraus
3403216
3.50 5
11/06/2007

Three and a half glasses



Tasting Notes:

This dark beauty opens with seductive aromas of ripe blackberry, vanilla, and toasty oak. Smooth luscious layers of plum, black raspberry, cocoa, and spicy black pepper mingle with the essence of strawberry from the Carignane and Cinsaut. The Petite Sirah and Alicante provide subtle tannins and structure and add to the lingering flavors of dark-skinned fruit. Delicious now, and with aging will continue to develop. 78% Zinfandel, 10% Alicante Bouschet, 10% Petite Sirah. The remaining 2% of the field blend includes Carignane, Trousseau, Sangiovese, Petit Bouschet, Negrette, Syrah, Muscat Noir, Cinsaut, and Grenache.

As was standard practice in the 19th century, our Zinfandel vineyards contain a unique blend of inter-planted varieties that has evolved over the past 117 years. All the varieties in each vineyard block are harvested together and co-fermented. They interact and blend together from the day they are picked. This practice produces an intriguing and unusually complex wine. We honor the wisdom of the winegrowers who went before us by continuing their field blend tradition. Extraordinarily focused individual attention is required to coax tiny yields of fruit from the oldest vines that provides the essence of our Heritage Vines Zinfandel. Close attention is also paid to the younger vines to limit their crop to produce fruit of comparable quality. Because of the old age of most of the vines and because 2005 was an exceptionally cool growing season, we picked on three different dates as the grapes reached optimal maturity. We chose a combination of barrels and yeasts to compliment and balance this vintage’s nuanced flavors. This wine is a tribute to our old vines, and the skill and experience of our consulting winemaker, Alison Doran.

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1005 cases produced.

Aged 16 months in American Oak.

Aged 16 months in French Oak.

Aged 16 months in Hungarian Oak.

Notes: 50% American, 32% French, 16% Hungarian; 55% new barrels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.3% pH: 3.75
Total Acidity: 6.7 grams per liter

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