Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2010 ACORN Zinfandel Heritage Vines Alegría Vineyards – Bottle Notes

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.

Bright crimson in color. 15.3% ABV. A field blend of 80% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 7% Alicante Bouschet and an assortment of other grapes. Intoxicating nose of blueberries, minerals and black pepper. Medium to full body with just enough acidity. Rich and jammy on the palate. Flavors of blackberry, salmonberry and peach. Medium length on the finish. The wine picked up weight with time in the glass suggesting a healthy decant is in order. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 91 points.

Current vintages will set you back $45 at the winery and select retail.

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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