2014 Acorn Cabernet Franc, Alegria Vineyards, Russian River Valley
Every Acorn wine is a co-fermented field blend of grape varieties we grow in our Certified Sustainable
Alegria Vineyards in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley.
Since 1990, our passion has been to carry on and expand the tradition of field-blending wines. Reviving our century-old field-blend vineyard inspired us to continue the practice when we planted our new vineyards.
To honor the land and maintain it for future generations, our farming is Certified Sustainable and labor intensive. Hand-tending each vine, ten or more times a season, ensures a balanced crop that produces flavorful wines reflecting the distinctive expression of each vintage in Alegria Vineyards.
Vineyard and Winemaking Notes
Cabernet Franc is more aromatic, less tannic, and more versatile at the dinner table than its child, Cabernet Sauvignon. Ours is a field blend, co-fermented with small amounts of Malbec, Merlot Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tannat to add extra dimension and complexity.
In the cool Russian River Valley climate of Alegria Vineyards, even in a warm year like 2014, the grapes ripen slowly and evenly, allowing each variety in the field blend to fully develop and contribute its distinctive flavors, aromas, and textures.
A drier than normal winter led to early budbreak and an early harvest. Extensive hand labor (crop thinning and leaf removal) kept the vines in balance. Our open trellis system gave the grapes good sun exposure for color and flavor development.
The crushed grapes cold-soaked for three days while enzymes extracted color, flavor, and aroma before fermentation began. We used Brunello yeast lBM45J to enhance color, fruit, and spiciness, and 0254 Rhone yeast to enhance mouthfeel. Bill put more emphasis on French oak barrels this year, from six different coopers, to provide smooth mouthfeel and notes of cola, spice, and cedar during 17 months of barrel aging.
Appealing aromas of creamy vanillin oak with cranberry, cherry, violets, and cedar. The entry suggests a mix of tart cherry, cream soda, and raspberry. Mid-palate, hints of baking spices and creamy mocha appear and merge with the smooth, bright cherry flavors that continue through the finish. Enjoy this delicious, balanced wine with herb-crusted veal chops, cheesy potato casserole and a tossed green salad, or pasta with chancerelle mushrooms and garden fresh herbs.
93% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 2% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon & Tannat.