Classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel exclusively from organically farmed vineyards within the stellar AVA’s of Oakville and Yountville. ACRE wines enhance the fine dining experience with their distinctive fruit characteristics, structure and complexity.Acre Wines
One Acre Wines
Very limited production Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel from three unique single vineyard sites, two are in the Oak Knoll AVA and one in Yountville. Each vineyard is only about one acre. Always 100% varietal these wines are the ultimate expression of place and type. Available only through the One Acre Wine Club.One Acre Wines
From the moment you pour this Acre Merlot wine into your glass it compels you with its aroma, which is a complex interplay of both fruity and earthy elements. The flavor is equally fascinating with impressions of plum and black cherry, interwoven with earthy and spicy notes with hints of mocha, cinnamon and anise.
The tannins are bold, but not astringent, rather they are textural providing substance and expression across the palate. The complexity and structure demonstrate what a satisfying wine Merlot is when grown in the ideal soil and climate. Completely dry with lively acidity this Acre Merlot just calls out for a sizzling lamb chop, a grilled steak or roasted duck or other poultry.
This Acre Zinfandel is a wonderful example of what makes Napa Valley Zinfandel, particularly from mid-valley locations like Oakville, so special. In 2012 early bud break and a long stretch of classic warm days and cool allowed the fruit to develop for an extended time until finally picked on October 21st.
Such an even and extended maturation period allowed for the outstanding flavor development so apparent in this beautifully balanced and structured wine. The aromas of briary wild blackberry and strawberry continue in the mouth with subtle notes of brown sugar and caramel. Inclusion of Rhône varietals in the blend adds refinement and spicy and earthy notes.
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 in Napa Valley was a vintage that provided wine makers with beautiful grapes almost regardless of varietal. The weather was consistently mild, only four days above 100% instead of the average of 14 days. This allowed for beautiful flavor development along with the retention of natural acidy making this wine so delightful with food.
Pouring the 2009 Cabernet into a glass one is immediately stuck by the deep crimson color. Beautifully fragrant the wine expresses aromas of plum and black cherry supported by notes of mocha, anise, and hints of violet. In the mouth it is deeply extracted with layers of black and red fruit and hint of spice. The soft tannins carry all these flavors across the palate and contribute to a long, long finish. This is a wine of balance and finesse, a perfect dinner guest!
2011 in the Napa Valley was challenging, a cool growing season, one of the latest harvest starts in memory and rain at harvest. It was a vintage that demanded constant attention and willingness to sacrifice production in order to make superb wine.
With a one acre vineyard attention to detail is expected, but 2011 also demanded sacrifice. Zinfandel because of its uneven ripening and high acidity needs to be fully ripe to make great wine. This required severely reducing the crop in August and waiting beyond what prudence would dictate until the grapes reached full maturity on October 19th. Then a race to harvest as rain fell. Dave Becker said, “We left half the fruit behind, every single grape cluster was individually clipped of all but the best grapes”.
Only 81 cases were produced, half the expected yield of an already very low yield vineyard, but the results are amazing. This Zinfandel is big, ripe, with the intense flavor development that only come with a long time on the vine. The wine has great structure, layers of flavor and terrific acidity: a wine that offers up a different nuance with every sip.