2008 Acorn Hill Alegría Vineyards
Exceptional - Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
Sensual dark fruit and toasty oak aromas foretell the richness to follow. Creamy oak notes and polished tannins surround opulent flavors of blackberry, plum, ripe cherry, and rich dark chocolate. Traces of leather, cedar, and cola add interest and character. This unique blend offers delicious flavors and a solid structure in a one-of-a-kind wine.
Acorn Hill, produced from grapes grown on the hillside blocks at Alegría Vineyards, is our first reserve wine. It is a blend of some of our favorite barrels of Acorn Sangiovese, Syrah, and Zinfandel. The orientation of these vineyard blocks to the west and south promotes balanced, even ripening fruit.
Since each component is itself a field blend, the wine also includes small amounts of Viognier, Canaiolo, Mammolo, Petite Sirah, and Alicante Bouschet. Maturation of this limited production wine in a combination of Hungarian, American, and French oak brought out flavors of creamy vanilla and rich dark chocolate.
In Tuscany, this wine would be considered Super Tuscan. Brawnier than our Sangiovese and more supple than our Syrah, the Acorn Hill blend is simultaneously rich and flavorful, elegant and restrained, robust and complex. Approachable upon release, it will age beautifully and can be enjoyed for years to come.
October 17, 21 & 27, 2008
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 21 months in 38% Hungarian, 32% American, and 30% French oak barrels; 32% new oak
August 16, 2010