Inspired by the cool, windswept area of Acacia's original winery, this Santa Barbara County Rosé is an elegant, dry blend with flavors of fresh strawberry and watermelon, floral aromas and vibrant acidity.
Since 1979, Acacia Vineyard has been making world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Napa Valley. They founded A by Acacia to expand our passion for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to other distinctive California wine regions including select spots in Sonoma County and along California’s Central Coast. They have also begun sourcing classic Rhône varieties—Syrah and Grenache—from the Central Coast and Lodi AVAs for their Rosé. Each of their wines displays expressive fruit, exceptional balance, and the characteristics of their unique growing regions.
With a dry and mild climate cooled significantly by moist ocean fog and breezes, Santa Barbara County is a grape-grower’s dream. Part of the larger Central Coast appellation, Santa Barbara is home to Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley. The conditions here provide an opportunity for nearly effortless production of high-quality cool-climate Central Coast wines. This is also the site of the 2004 film Sideways, which caused Pinot Noir’s popularity to skyrocket and brought new acclaim to the region.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the stars of Santa Barbara, producing wines marked by racy acidity. Crisp Sauvignon Blanc and savory Syrah are also important. The region is home to many young and enthusiastic winemakers eager to experiment with less common varieties including Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Trousseau Gris, Gamay and Cabernet Franc, making it an exciting area to watch.
Whether it’s playful and fun or savory and serious, most rosé today is not your grandmother’s White Zinfandel, though that category remains strong. Pink wine has recently become quite trendy, and this time around it’s commonly quite dry. Since the pigment in red wines comes from keeping fermenting juice in contact with the grape skins for an extended period, it follows that a pink wine can be made using just a brief period of skin contact—usually just a couple of days. The resulting color depends on grape variety and winemaking style, ranging from pale salmon to deep magenta.