Acorn Winery Alegria Vineyards Zinfandel 2005
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.
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.
Three and a half glasses
Food Pairings for Acorn Winery Alegria Vineyards Zinfandel
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.
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
|Alcohol: 14.3%||pH: 3.75|
|Total Acidity: 6.7 grams per liter|