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Acorn Winery Sangiovese 2006

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In 1990, we were delighted to find 40-year-old Sangiovese vines in our old field-blend Zinfandel vineyard. We used cuttings from the old vineyard and six other distinct clonal selections of Sangiovese to plant a new vineyard on the steep west-facing slope of our Acorn Hill block in 1992. We inter-planted two traditional Tuscan varieties, Canaiolo (for color) and Mammolo (for aroma). We harvested the seven clones of Sangiovese along with the other varieties at the end of October. The grapes were de-stemmed and cold-soaked before inoculation with Brunello yeast. Co-fermentation of the different grapes and 18 months of barrel aging produced this rich, balanced, and complex wine. People say ours is the “most Italianate” California Sangiovese they’ve tasted. That is a tribute to our vineyard’s traditional field blend and to the long growing season in our cool Russian River Valley microclimate that optimizes the grapes’ aromas and flavors. Add our hands-on attention to the vines and our careful selection of barrels that complement, not overwhelm, the grapes’ natural flavors, and you get this delicious 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 Winery Sangiovese

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3.50 5
07/16/2010

Cherry and strawberry shortcake on the nose. Flavors are spicy and clean, fresh and refreshing with a lightness and a bit of powdered sugar, herb and rhubarb on the finish.


Snooth User: rjpease
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2.50 5
07/16/2010

Hints of oranges, cloves and lots of nutmeg/cinammon. The finish was disappointing, and a bit chalky.


3.50 5
08/14/2010

Three and a half glasses



Tasting Notes:

Enticing creamy oak, ripe mixed berries, and rich smoky oak aromas lead into concentrated flavors of cherry, cocoa, blueberry, and mocha with nuanced earthen notes. The luscious flavors expand into the finish, with berry and cocoa lingering on long after the last sip. The smooth entry and nicely balanced tannins and oak add to the wine’s rustic elegance. Our Sangiovese pairs well with a variety of cuisines—from wild mushroom pizza or gnocchi in Gorgonzola sauce, to braised lamb shanks or pork tenderloin in spicy cherry sauce.

In 1990, we were delighted to find 40-year-old Sangiovese vines in our old field-blend Zinfandel vineyard. We used cuttings from the old vineyard and six other distinct clonal selections of Sangiovese to plant a new vineyard on the steep west-facing slope of our Acorn Hill block in 1992. We inter-planted two traditional Tuscan varieties, Canaiolo (for color) and Mammolo (for aroma). We harvested the seven clones of Sangiovese along with the other varieties at the end of October. The grapes were de-stemmed and cold-soaked before inoculation with Brunello yeast. Co-fermentation of the different grapes and 18 months of barrel aging produced this rich, balanced, and complex wine. People say ours is the “most Italianate” California Sangiovese they’ve tasted. That is a tribute to our vineyard’s traditional field blend and to the long growing season in our cool Russian River Valley microclimate that optimizes the grapes’ aromas and flavors. Add our hands-on attention to the vines and our careful selection of barrels that complement, not overwhelm, the grapes’ natural flavors, and you get this delicious wine.

786 cases produced.

Aged 40 months in French Oak.

Aged 34 months in Hungarian Oak.

Aged 22 months in American Oak.

Notes: 40% French, 34% Hungarian, 22% American, 4% other European; 23% new barrels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.1% pH: 3.72
Total Acidity: 0.64 grams per liter

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