Acacia Vineyard Carneros
Acacia has always produced wines that are soundly made and represent reasonable value for money if sometimes lacking a touch of character or sense of place in the volume labels. The wines are particularly marked by their ripe fruit and for opulent reds and tropically styled whites at competitive prices they are all decent bets. Chardonnay is forward, oaky and richly textured. The Carneros is the volume wine; it has a sizeable output and gets 9 months ageing in one third new French oak.
The Sangiacomo Vineyard output is a good deal less. Aged in a sizeable proportion of new French oak it is a step up in quality. There is also a small amount of a barrel-selection from the Russian River. Pinot Noir in its various guises offers bright berry fruit with greater depth and power in the single vineyard examples which include Winery Lake and St Clair Vineyard examples from Carneros, as well as a Thornton Vineyard example from the Sonoma Coast. Orogeny is a pricey Russian River Valley Pinot. A Pinot Noir rosé is also produced as well as a Syrah. (DM)
To find out more about Acacia and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide Napa and Carneros..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)