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Acorn Zinfandel Heritage Vines Alegría Vineyards Russian River Valley 2007

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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.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Acorn Zinfandel Heritage Vines Alegría Vineyards Russian River Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,725
3.50 5
01/19/2010

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.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,725
4.00 5
02/14/2011

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,725
4.00 5
02/26/2010

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


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3.50 5
01/15/2010

Bright and sweet cherry aromas with a hint of oak. Rustic toasted oak, good tart acidity and freshness, and cherry flavors throughout.

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
01/15/2010

Almonds and raspberry liqueur on the nose, with a nice slow tannic attack that stays on the palate. Mild acidity rounds it out nicely.


Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
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3.50 5
07/12/2010

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.


3.50 5
02/23/2010

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.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
04/07/2011

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.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
07/12/2010

loads of jam, spice blackberries, a little eucalyptus, dark menthol, enriching qualities, meaty


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
2.50 5
02/23/2010

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.


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Tasting Notes:

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!

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.

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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

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.8% pH: 3.74
Total Acidity: 0.63 grams per liter

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