Acre Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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ACRE produces classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel exclusively from organically farmed vineyards (for over 20 years) within the AVA’s of Oakville and Yountville. ACRE wines enhance the fine dining experience with their distinctive fruit characteristics, structure and complexity. The 2012 ACRE Cabernet Sauvignon is a great vintage, with a super abundance of ripe, rich, even exotic fruit characteristics. The color is a vibrant pomegranate hued, deep garnet. The nose reveals a panoply of aromas, blueberry liquor, dark red fruits, black cherry, with subtle notes of baking spices and cedar. A small percentage of beautifully ripe Malbec and Petite Verdot contribute hints of plum and leather respectively. These abundant fruit characteristics, along with a touch of vanilla, reveal themselves in the mouth with multiple layers of flavor that coat the mouth and continue to a long finish. The tannins are superfine and silky, carrying the fruit along the palate from entry to finish without ever being obtrusive. Both the Malbec and Petite Verdot further enhance the classical texture. 91% Cabernet Sauvignon; 6% Petite Verdot; 3% Malbec.
The ACRE story begins in 2002 with just one acre of Cabernet Sauvignon planted and nurtured to maturity almost solely by ACRE winemaker and co-founder David Becker at his family home in the Oak Knoll region of Napa Valley. Dave’s one acre “Home” vineyard soon led to production from two more similar sized plantings. The first was his next door neighbor Ann Kraemer’s head trained, Zinfandel vineyard. Ann planted her vineyard about the same time as Dave’s home vineyard with three clones of Zinfandel made famous by Ridge Vineyards. Then, in 2011 Dave planted identical Bordeaux clones from his home vineyard to a one acre site in Yountville just north of Stags Leap, allowing an interesting vineyard comparison with identical varietal, clones, spacing and orientation and location the only variable.