Although I always enjoyed Pinot Noir from this winery above all, the other Burgundy varietal, Chardonnay is also very important part of their portfolio. Maybe it’s this winemaker’s background (he gained his experience in numerous wineries in California, New Zealand but most importantly in Burgundy, France where he learned the traditional techniques of Grand Cru and Premium Cru wines) or the great potential of Acacia vineyards.
Whatever it is, Matthew’s focus on traditional Burgundy varietals Chardonnay and Pinot Noir definitely pays off. Acacia today produces several levels of Chardonnay (in all price ranch) expressing different character of this interesting grape. Acacia Vineyard 2009 Cuvee 304, Chardonnay Carneros Sangiacomo Vineyard 08, Chardonnay Russian River Valley 08, Chardonnay Carneros Winery Lake Vineyard 08 and Acacia Vineyard Chardonnay Carneros Marsh 08.
I will be interested to taste some of these single vineyard wines. Carneros, known as one of the best regions for Chardonnay (right there with Sonoma and Russian River) offers a distinguish character to this variety, very similar to Burgundy. So, just like in Burgundy, you can grow grapes on separate lots, close together, yet every lot will have its own unique characteristic. That’s what I find so excited about wine.
The grapes for this Chardonnay were sourced from a few Acacia vineyards on windy Carneros slopes. Grapes were briefly soaked to extract more flavors, than pressed and fermented in oak barrels. Instead of synthetic yeast, Acacia used a natural yeast, founded on the grape skins to preserve the natural flavor of their fruit. About 70% of wine underwent malolactic fermentation.
Rich and lovely aroma of fresh cantaloupe, peach and spicy vanilla. This Chardonnay is velvety and creamy on the palate, with multiple layers of flavors from sweet fruit to citrus, nicely balanced with acidity. Opulent, yet elegant with a generous finish. A great effort for a reasonable price.
Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: around $ 16.99
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