Actually a blend of Zin plus 10 other minor varietals in an old field blend, this complex wine fascinates with its intricately interlocked flavors. There’s a sensation a second. Bottom line: This wine is delicious, ripely sweet although technically dry, and ageworthy.
A good, rich Syrah, with that Northern Rhône peppery-meaty structural edge to the vibrant cherry fruit. The tannins are substantial, but that’s no problem with the right foods. Has that extra dimension that marks a distinctive wine.
Acorn has produced one of their best bottlings ever. The wine is drily crisp and tannic, but rich and supple, with cassis, cherry and carob flavors that have an earthy, mushroom and tobacco grounding. The wine contains smaller amounts of at least 10 other varieties, in the manner of an old field blend.
An interesting wine by virtue of its terroir-driven features. Low in cherry fruit, high in earthy tobacco, dry as a bone and tart with acidity. But it has an elegantly sweet edge that cries out for richly sauced pasta and beef.
The 2005 vintage was a good one for the vineyard, cool and steady, yielding dry, balanced wines, including this low-production Syrah. The tannins are of the furry-fuzzy kind, framing blackberry, cola, tobacco, vanilla and sage flavors.
A bright, eucalyptus edge runs through the top here, followed by creamy black cherry, blackberry, plum, chocolate, licorice, coffee and sage notes. Smooth textured and ripe, the wine is pleasing to the end.
Acorn, which does such interesting things with Rhône varieties, shows it’s no slouch with Bordeaux varieties, to judge from this fresh, succulent young red wine. It’s medium-bodied and dry, with polished flavors of cherries, blueberries, leather and herbs and a long, spicy finish.
So why would you buy Cab Franc instead of Cab Sauvignon? Here’s why. This has the depth and seriousness of the latter, the light body of Pinot Noir, a dry, cherried richness, and none of the tannins that lots of wine lovers can’t tolerate. Plus, this wine has layers of complexity that make it a delight.