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Visiting Acorn Winery

October 15, 2008

We stopped by Acorn Winery on our last day in Sonoma at the recommendation of Patrick and Genevieve. If you'd like to make a stop at Acorn, you'll need to call and make an appointment as they don't (or at least they didn't) have a tasting room open to the public. We called the morning we wanted to visit and had no problem getting a tasting later that afternoon.

Acorn has been in the hands of the current owners since 1994. All of the wines are made from estate grown grapes and all the wines are field blends. The grapes come from 26 acres of the Alegria Vineyards and the annual production is about 2800 cases.

2005 Medley- A blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Cinsaut, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Mouvedre, Viognier, and a bunch of Muscat varieties. Raspberry, red cherries, peppery, nice fruit, well done. Matt loved this one, Acorn places a 3 bottle per customer limit on it and we took home 3 bottles.

2005 Sangiovese- Black cherry, plum, smoky, leather, toasted vanilla, mocha. We took home one.

2005 Heritage Vines Zinfandel-Vines planted in the 1890s. Smoky oak, peppery, plums, black fruit.

2005 Axiom Syrah-Vanilla, black cherries, earth smoke, red fruit, vanilla bean. Delicious, my favorite. Two bottles came home with us.

While we only tasted four of the current offerings, Acorn makes many other varieties. I would love to go back when they are tasting some of the other ones. The line up we did taste showed fantastically well, and I wish we could have taken home even more than we did, but we were trying to limit ourselves to no more than 6 bottles from a single winery so that we could bring home a greater selection. Next trip!


  1. Orion Slayer said...

    Awesome pictures! Sounds like a great winery to visit. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews of the wines.

    10/15/08, 2:43 PM  

  2. Vinogirl said...

    Medley? Sounds like the kitchen sink!!!

    10/16/08, 11:55 PM  

  3. Vinogirl said...

    Were these pictures taken recently? I think not. That last picture is definately dateable to about April 1st thru 15th...I know budbreak when I see it!!!! Hmmm.....

    10/16/08, 11:58 PM  

  4. Estelle Platini said...

    The last picture also shows a peculiar way of directing the vine. I wonder what the variety is.

    10/23/08, 9:14 AM  

  5. mloagogo said...

    I first tasted Acorn's wines this weekend at the Wine Bloggers' Conference and was very impressed with the Medley (methinks it's the Cinsault that makes it special) as well as the Sangiovese. Think I'll have to arrange a visit next time I'm there!

    10/29/08, 7:12 PM  

  6. Sonadora said...

    It was great to visit Orion!

    Vinogirl-I took them in March on our trip to Sonoma...I'm a touch behind in my reviews...

    Estelle....I think it is Sangiovese.

    Mloagogo-you definitely should visit!!

    10/31/08, 6:56 PM  

  7. Craig Camp said...

    Great post Megan. I loved these wines too. Real character and depth.

    10/31/08, 7:04 PM  

  8. Enobytes said...

    I've heard so much lately about Acorn winery. I'll have to track down their wines. The Zin and Syrah sound great!

    10/31/08, 10:03 PM  

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