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Acorn Alegria Vineyards Sangiovese Russian River Valley 2014

Winemaker's Notes:

Alluring aromas of toasty oak and roasting coffee mingle with hints of tart cherry, cranberry, and an earthy, mineral essence. From the first sip to the expansive finish, the mouthwatering acidity and bright, lush fruit fills the palate. Delicious black cherry and blackberry are laced with spicy cedar, and merges with creamy mocha at the finish as the flavors linger.

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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 Alegria Vineyards Sangiovese Russian River Valley

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464773,119
4.00 5
05/09/2018

Dark plum, soft cherry and brown sugar aromas with a fruit forward, lightly perfumed strawberry and cherry pie filling note on the nose. Approachable and freshly fruited flavors of light oak and smoke with a mixed berry, dark cherry fruit blend and a finish of textured tannin and vanilla smoke. 90 pts


Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464773,119
0.00 5
10/16/2017

Candied raspberry and strawberry aromas with a concentrated cherry preserve note and mixed berry frosting. Dry and earthy but still with loads of fruit, this is well made with creamy palate and textured tannins coming through towards the finish of cranberry and clove.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 02/14/2011

Low key on the nose, revealing mineral and salted meat tones that with air gains sweetness adding a toasty marshmallow tones and some baking spices to a gently brambly berry tone. A touch soft up front with an initial burst of peppery cinnamon that's followed by succulent raspberry/black raspberry fruit topped with a bit more peppery spice. This is a bit tight at this point, nicely medium-bodied but not very expressive in the mouth. The finish is a bit short with wood spice and soil tones obvious. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/01/2012

Jammy and lightly balsamic on the nose, with sweet ginger and clove notes over black fruits. This is wide open on the palate with decent acidity and very soft tannins, really a pool of gentle black plum and black currant fruit on the palate held in with a rim of wood tannin and sweet baking spices. The finish is a bit meaty and beefy, with some nicely integrated spice and licorice tones adding a base for the black berry fruit. This is showing plenty of oak at this stage, but it seems like a wine best consumed in its youth, so this is one for the oak spice lovers. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 03/05/2012

This is rather light and precise on the nose with frutti del bosco accented by some cigar box oak and vanilla tones. The oak is quite perfumed and helps lift some of the floral aspects of the nose, but also does add a bit of char here. A little compact in the mouth, this is tight and a bit rough around the edges with fairly aggressive tannins. The core of fruit shows some mulberry notes and a hint of black cherry, black raspberry topped with vanilla. There’s a nice spice note late on the palate from the wood and a hint of some herbal tones gain a gentle candied/medicinal note on the moderately long finish. Well put together and really interesting, though this could use some time to knit together fully. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 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
89065238,748
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 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.


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Member Reviews for Acorn Alegria Vineyards Sangiovese Russian River Valley

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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
4557977,460
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/21/2011

Strong yet smooth. A bit woody with meaty aromas. Great tannin levels.


Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/21/2011

Spicy and rich blackberry notes with some leather backdrop...mouthfilling and zesty and oh-so-dry


Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 03/01/2012

Brighter, riper fruit than other Sangiovese selections. This fruit is red and is mixed with a bit of funk and cheesiness! Light on the palette and a nice finish.


Snooth User: Kirsy
8805431,786
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 03/17/2012

Very perfumed with lots of hints of vanilla, caramel, wood, and cacao. On the palate, green peppercorn, lots of ripe berries, cherry and black plums, with a soft hint of vanilla, and a bit of caramel. It was delicious to drink by it self, probably even better with some cheeses or meaty foods. I would definitely look for this wine.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,546
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 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.


3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 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: Kyle Graynor
4557977,460
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 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.


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Alluring aromas of toasty oak and roasting coffee mingle with hints of tart cherry, cranberry, and an earthy, mineral essence. From the first sip to the expansive finish, the mouthwatering acidity and bright, lush fruit fills the palate. Delicious black cherry and blackberry are laced with spicy cedar, and merges with creamy mocha at the finish as the flavors linger.

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Alcohol: 13.3%

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