Acorn Zinfandel Heritage Vines Alegría Vineyards Russian River Valley 2007
Reflecting viticultural practice of the 19th century, our 119-year-old Zinfandel vineyards are a unique blend of inter-planted varieties. We carry on an old tradition by sustaining the old vines and harvesting and co-fermenting the mix of varieties together. The wine is literally blended from the day it is picked. We continue this field blending tradition into the 21st century—despite the extra work involved in tending such a complex historic planting—to provide this distinctive complex wine to you. It is truly Alegría Vineyards’ signature wine. Our cool Russian River climate gives us slow ripening that allows the grapes to fully mature, producing balanced, full flavored wines. 2007 was close to an ideal growing year. Early budbreak, no late spring frost, and a mild summer assured that the crop ripened evenly. Fog and cool weather in September slowed the ripening process and extended the growing season. Our Zinfandel field blend was harvested in two lots, three weeks apart. Each lot was cold-soaked for three days to extract skin color before fermentation began, and then inoculated with a different strain of yeast. The wine was then pressed to Bill’s carefully selected assortment of barrels. Later, we blended the two lots to make this balanced, delicious wine.
Editorial Reviews for Acorn Zinfandel Heritage Vines Alegría Vineyards Russian River Valley
Smoky, milky, American Oak, lots of chocolate, a bit of raisinettes, with hints of rare meat, pepper, roses and spice. The aromatics are rather restrained but show nice complexity and a core of sweet red fruit. Silky and polished on entry with a very soft character at first, though the tannins do build through the mid-palate. There’s a touch of cola and French oak wood spice tones framing the fruit, which recalls creamy, vanilla tinged red cherries. The finish is a touch rough with stiff wood tannins beginning to grate a bit but the flavors remains nicely framed. A subtle Zin that will benefit from a year or two in the cellar. 88pts.
A bit meaty on the nose with a nice underlay of toasty oak supporting fresh, floral and sassafras-scented raspberry fruit. There's a nice edge of sandy soil that emerges with time. Broad and open on entry with a plush leading edge, then a nice core of ripe tannins adds a bit of weight and depth, giving more of a tactile feel here. The fruit is fresh and juicy with noticeably but well managed oak underpinning it. Nice and full of wild berry fruit on the finish, with spicy hints of herb and some lingering black licorice notes. Very nice wine that straddles the line between rustic and refined. 89pts
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
Bright and sweet cherry aromas with a hint of oak. Rustic toasted oak, good tart acidity and freshness, and cherry flavors throughout.
Almonds and raspberry liqueur on the nose, with a nice slow tannic attack that stays on the palate. Mild acidity rounds it out nicely.
Smooth, sweet. Rich aftertaste. Woody & acidic. I wouldn't drink this alone, but it would go great if accompanied by a savory or maybe even sweet meal. Rating would be 4 if with a meal.
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.
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.
loads of jam, spice blackberries, a little eucalyptus, dark menthol, enriching qualities, meaty
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.
Food Pairings for Acorn Zinfandel Heritage Vines Alegría Vineyards Russian River Valley
This aromatic temptress leads with lively blackberry and raspberry notes sprinkled with black pepper and vanillin oak. From the smooth entry to the juicy, expansive finish, this Zin offers layers of seductive flavors that glide across the palate. Ripe blackberry, spicy pepper, and creamy mocha mingle with a touch of cocoa, vanilla, and cedar. This delicious, elegant wine complements a range of foods from sausage and peppers in a spicy red sauce over creamy polenta to Cioppino to chocolate decadence. Enjoy!
841 cases produced.
Aged 17 months in French Oak.
Aged 17 months in American Oak.
Aged 17 months in Hungarian Oak.
Notes: 61% French, 27% American, 12% Hungarian; 62% new barrels
|Alcohol: 14.8%||pH: 3.74|
|Total Acidity: 0.63 grams per liter|
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