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Alegria Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Zinfandel vineyards contain a unique blend of inter-planted varieties that has evolved over the past 118 years. Inter-planting diverse varieties in the same vineyard was the standard practice in the 19th century. We continue this field-blending tradition into the 21st century because it produces distinctive complex wines. The mixed varieties are harvested and co-fermented together, allowing the grapes to interact from the day they are picked. In 2006, the vines produced only two tons per acre, reflecting the old age of most of the vines and careful crop-level management of the younger vines. The grapes were picked in two separate lots. Each lot was fermented with a different yeast for about 20 days before pressing to barrels. Winemaker Alison Doran’s skill ensured that the special characteristics of this unique vineyard are revealed in the wine. Our barrel program is as complex as the mix of grape varieties. Over the years, we have determined that a combination of forests and coopers best complements the grapes and enhances their flavors, resulting in a balanced and delicious wine that reflects the history of the vineyard.

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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

External Reviews for Alegria Zinfandel Russian River Valley

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Source: Sonoma Harvest Fair
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal



Tasting Notes:

Rich ripe berry aromas wrap around fresh-ground pepper, toasty vanilla and creamy mocha. Flavors of juicy fresh-crushed blackberries blend with seductive dark cocoa, coffee notes, and subtle yet spicy black pepper. Layered and complex, the mouth-filling flavors fuse to form a lasting finish. With 12-plus varietals contributing to the flavor profile, this luscious field-blend Zin is a smooth, balanced, multidimensional wine. The array of delicious flavors provides endless food pairing possibilities.

Our Zinfandel vineyards contain a unique blend of inter-planted varieties that has evolved over the past 118 years. Inter-planting diverse varieties in the same vineyard was the standard practice in the 19th century. We continue this field-blending tradition into the 21st century because it produces distinctive complex wines. The mixed varieties are harvested and co-fermented together, allowing the grapes to interact from the day they are picked. In 2006, the vines produced only two tons per acre, reflecting the old age of most of the vines and careful crop-level management of the younger vines. The grapes were picked in two separate lots. Each lot was fermented with a different yeast for about 20 days before pressing to barrels. Winemaker Alison Doran’s skill ensured that the special characteristics of this unique vineyard are revealed in the wine. Our barrel program is as complex as the mix of grape varieties. Over the years, we have determined that a combination of forests and coopers best complements the grapes and enhances their flavors, resulting in a balanced and delicious wine that reflects the history of the vineyard.

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860 cases produced.

Aged 18 months in French Oak.

Aged 18 months in American Oak.

Aged 18 months in Hungarian Oak.

Notes: 46% French, 38% American, 16% Hungarian; 53% new barrels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.8% pH: 3.72
Total Acidity: 0.66 grams per liter

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