Acorn Winery Russian River Valley Axiom Syrah 2007
An axiom is a self-evident truth. We named our Syrah “Axiom” because it is evident from the first sniff and sip that this is a classic expression of Russian River Valley Syrah. Foggy mornings and cold nights stretch out the growing season, giving the vines time to develop spicy berry flavors. 2007 marked our 15th Syrah harvest at Alegría Vineyards, although we did not produce an Acorn Syrah until the 2000 vintage. 2007 was close to an ideal year for Syrah. Relatively mild weather through the summer growing season assured even ripening and optimum flavor development. We harvested our Syrah, a mix of five clonal selections with a small amount of Viognier, on October 7 and 8, and divided it into two equal lots. After a three-day cold soak, we inoculated each lot with a different Syrah yeast to begin fermentation. Co-fermentation with Viognier follows the tradition of the Cote Rotie. We barreled the wine on October 29 in a carefully selected mix of French, Hungarian, and American oak barrels for 17 months aging. The particular combination of forests and coopers that Bill selected added structure and notes of vanilla and spice while enhancing the Syrah flavors.
Editorial Reviews for Acorn Winery Russian River Valley Axiom Syrah
Wet soil, white pepper, and floral tones quickly emerge from the glass with subtle citrus peel and apricot tones adding an edge to the dried strawberry and blackberry fruit. There’s a bit of chocolaty oak adding a base with an evolving cedar edge. This is very bright and a bit closed with fresh fruit tones couched in fairly noticeable tannins. The fruit has a mineral edge to it that gives it nice definition and cut. While the wine is fairly weighty it is also well balanced enough to hold it all together through the finish. There are some oaken notes to loose here and the wine is a touch hot on the finish but the ripe fruit flavors and subtle herbal stemmy flavors are strapped in and ready for a nice ride. Give this 18 months to grow into itself. 91pts
Dark fruits, especially cherry, blueberry, and blackberry. Definitely catching dark soil by Greg's suggestion. Not very acidic, biggish tannins, which I like. The smell is very powerful, brings memories of the forest. Nice complex wine with good flavor.
Dusty, chocolatey blackberry oak and leather aromas. Juicy flavors, puckering acidity and chewy tannins - black fruit and a cocoa finish.
Jammy berry fruit with some spice. Nice acidity with bold fruit lingering through.
Jammy, but nicely rounded out with some earth and spice. A pine needle-like taste in the finish. Maybe the acorn in the name was influencing my taste buds, thinking of woodland scenes. But still, very enjoyable and not too fruity.
Food Pairings for Acorn Winery Russian River Valley Axiom Syrah
Robust yet opulent with delicate undertones, this is a classic cool-climate Syrah. The aromas of deep dark fruit offer a glimpse of the rich, complex flavors to follow. The core of spicy blackberry with a hint of leather, coffee, orange peel, and dark chocolate is wrapped in a plush yet slightly chewy texture. The 2% of Viognier provides a subtle floral note mid-palate that extends into the finish, adding a layer of interest and complexity. Try it with smoky barbequed ribs, or a spicy eggplant parmesan.
494 cases produced.
Aged 16 months in American Oak.
Aged 16 months in French Oak.
Aged 16 months in Hungarian Oak.
Notes: 48% American, 44% French, 8% Hungarian; 48% new barrels
|Alcohol: 14.4%||pH: 3.81|
|Total Acidity: 0.70 grams per liter|