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 May Zinfandel of the Month is the 2013 ACORN Zinfandel Heritage Vines Alegría 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 2013 Heritage Vines Zinfandel is actually a blend of 16 different varieties. 78% Zinfandel, 13% Alicante Bouschet and 7% Petite Sirah. The remaining 2% of the field blend is comprised of 13 varieties.
Maroon in color. 14.1% ABV. Big nose of juicy black fruits, vanilla bean and plums. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. Elegant claret style Zinfandel. Blackberry, raspberry, baking spices and pepper on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Give this wine a year in the cellar then drink over the next 3-5.
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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