Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.
The November Zinfandel of the Month is the 2012 ACORN Zinfandel Heritage Vines Allegria Vineyards.
Bill and Betsy Nachbaur purchased Alegria Vineyard in 1990. Situated in the Russian River Valley, Alegría Vineyards has 26 acres planted with Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, and many lesser-known varieties. The oldest part of the vineyard dates back to the 1890’s.
For the first many years Bill farmed the vineyard and the grapes were sold. ACORN Winery was founded in 1994 and the first release was a Sangiovese in 1996. Clay Mauritson is the consulting winemaker.
The 2012 Heritage Vines Zinfandel is actually a blend of 17 different varieties. 78% Zinfandel, 13% Alicante Bouschet and 7% Petite Sirah. The remaining 2% of the field blend is comprised of 14 varieties.
The wine is purple in color. 14.5% ABV. Brambly red fruits, spices and plums on the nose. Full bodied with healthy acidity. Rich, plush and juicy. Strawberry, raspberry compote, pepper and vanilla on the palate. Terrific Zinfandel that is right in my wheelhouse. Drink over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 92 points.
$45 at the winery and select retail in just a few states.
ACORN Winery is open for sales and tasting by appointment only. I look forward to visiting on my next trip to the Russian River Valley.
This review was based on a sample provided by the winery.
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