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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir 2008
Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 107682)

PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 growing season presented nail-biting challenges that we won't soon forget—frost, wind and hail—yet this Pinot Noir proves that the vintage created many remarkable wines. The orientation and topography of our Carneros vineyards worked in our favor: much of the cold rolled off the slopes, inflicting relatively little frost damage. Mother Nature's mood turned benevolent just in time for the grapes to ripen under ideal, mild conditions. Thanks to great work in the vineyards—and a little luck—we harvested grapes of excellent quality despite temperamental weather conditions.

Our 2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros, opens with ripe plum, raspberry and blackberry aromas that are perfumed with rose nuances. The rich fruit character is echoed on the palate, picking up notes of nuttiness from oak aging. Fine tannins structure the wine, while bright acidity nicely balances the medium-bodied flavors and gives a bright raspberry flourish to the finish.

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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.