2011 Acorn Hill® Alegría Vineyards
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This field blend has concentrated aromatics of spicy vine-ripened blackberry sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper. A core of soft dark cherry and blackberry is laced with delicious mocha and hints of leather, apricot, and white floral. Spicy pepper notes appear mid-palate, with chocolate, creamy coffee, and toasted oak joining at the finish to linger with the opulent flavors.
Acorn Hill is our “Super Tuscan” blend from the hillside blocks Bill planted at Alegría Vineyards in 1991 and 1992, where Sangiovese and Syrah grow side by side.
2011 was a long cool growing season. Rain at harvest required extraordinary effort to sort out the best grapes. The yield was low, but the grapes came in with crisp acidy, good aromatics, and intense flavors.
We co-fermented the Sangiovese and Syrah (along with small amounts of Canaiolo, Mammolo, and Viognier) with a Rhone yeast. This age-worthy wine combines the vibrancy of Sangiovese and the structure of Syrah. New French oak barrels accentuate its complex flavors, highlighted by mineral notes that remind us of the hill itself. You can almost taste the rocky clay-loam soils and feel the sun on the south and west slopes of Acorn Hill.