(2009 Vintage) In 2011, our ancient vines produced yet another classic vintage of Russian River Zin. The aromatics offer a seductive blend of ripe brambly wild berries with a generous dusting of freshly ground pepper, baking spices, and toasty oak. The entry reveals a luscious concentration of black raspberry, dark cherry, and plum. Vanillin oak and spicy pepper appear as the flavors broaden and layer across the palate, with cocoa and coffee notes joining in at the long finish. As the wine opens, its depth, complexity, and sophistication shines through. Pair this delicious Zin with eggplant parmesan, spicy sausage pizza, or short ribs with garlic mashed potatoes.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) Fairly dry and somewhat edgy under its obvious ripeness, this wine offers mixed messages of green fruit set against concentrated, candied black fruits. Lighter in cast than past Acorn efforts, this one may well be a victim of the vintage rather than a change in winery style.