WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    90% Zinfandel, Pelissa & Lincoln Creek Vineyards, Oakville AVA
  • APPELLATION
    Oakville
  • ALCOHOL
    14.90%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    15 months, Combination European and American Oak, 70% New
  • PRODUCTION
    1691 cases

From the Winery: Our 2017 ACRE Zinfandel is produced entirely from fruit harvested from the family-owned Yount Mill Vineyards estate, which has been organically farmed for 28 years and straddles both the Oakville and Yountville AVAs in the very heart of the Napa Valley.

Zinfandel from Oakville is rare indeed. Because of the emphasis on Cabernet Sauvignon, there are less than 15 acres remaining. However, one simply cannot find a better location to grow Zinfandel. Its proximity to the temperature moderating influence of the San Pablo Bay allows the grapes to ripen evenly and gain full flavor development without excessively high alcohol and the jamminess that is common in other regions. As a result, the wines are exceptionally aromatic, complex and balanced. To provide structure and added complexity, 10% Syrah was blended from the estate’s historic Blockhouse vineyard in Yountville – the very spot where George Yount planted the first grapes in the Napa Valley.  The result is a more sophisticated, nuanced style of Zinfandel.

ACRE wines enhance the fine dining experience with their distinctive fruit characteristics, structure, and complexity. Classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc, produced exclusively from sustainably farmed vineyards within the stellar AVA’s of Oakville, Yountville, and Calistoga. The Acre story begins in 2002 with just one acre of Cabernet Sauvignon planted and nurtured to maturity almost solely by co-founder, Dave Becker, at his family home in the Oak Knoll region of the Napa Valley.  Dave’s one acre home Cabernet vineyard soon led to production from two more one acre plantings — Oak Knoll Zinfandel from his neighbor’s vineyard, and Yountville Cabernet, which Dave planted with identical Bordeaux clones as those in his home vineyard, allowing for an interesting vineyard comparison with identical varietal, clones, spacing, and orientation, and location being the only variable.

In 2017, Mike and Talley Henry took over as proprietors of Acre and brought on veteran winemaker, Richard Bruno.  Together they will continue the founders’ legacy of producing high quality wines from Acre’s core vineyards in Oakville and Yountville while adding new vineyard sources and varietals as Acre moves into its next chapter. 

TASTING NOTES 

A vibrant violet-tinged ruby in color, the 2017 ACRE Zinfandel offers an intriguing bouquet of black cherry, fig, and blueberry with hints of oak spice, cinnamon and leather. These elements carry through in the mouth with a harmonious balance between the fruit and underlying structure of supple tannins and lively acidity, leading to a smooth and luscious finish.