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Date Printed: 10/31/2014
Acacia Carneros Chardonnay 2005
Acacia Carneros Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 88215)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

At Acacia Vineyard our aim is to create a rich, concentrated and focused Chardonnay from our remarkable Carneros fruit. We hand harvested the fruit for our 2005 Carneros Chardonnay, then allowed three hours of skin contact to extract flavors from the skin. A brief period of aeration enabled us to extract those delicious flavors and precipitate out any tannins associated with skin contact. The result is a full-flavored Chardonnay with both concentration and elegance. Vibrant aromas of crème brûlée, ginger, lemon curd and white peach are followed by a creamy entry which blossoms to a full, sweet, peach, nectarine and citrus mid-palate. Medium-bodied with vibrant acidity, the wine finishes long and full. Our 2005 Chardonnay is perfect with all types of seafood, fish, chicken and pork.
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About Acacia Winery:

Situated just two miles from San Francisco Bay in the Carneros District of Napa Valley, Acacia Vineyard is distinguished by a cool microclimate dominated by wind and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean, and by shallow, dense clay soils. While these difficult growing conditions limit grape production, they result in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes of rare power and complexity.

Founded in 1979, Acacia made one of the first Pinot Noirs in the Carneros District. Today Acacia is a leader in the new Carneros by handcrafting compelling Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that defy conventional winemaking wisdom and consistently exceed expectations. A firm winemaking approach to Pinot Noir highlights the bold character of Carneros fruit while capturing the grape's earthy complexity and silky texture. Acacia's Carneros Chardonnay is ripe and crisp.