Acacia “A” Pinot Noir 2006
There are oodles and oodles of Pinot Noir choices at all price levels from all regions around the world — so how does one know which one to buy?
Beats me … unless you're spending $45 or more for a legit red Burgundy from a reliable producer, buying Pinot Noir is a crapshoot. What I've been trying to do is focus on the ones in the $15-20 range, with the hopes of finding a few nuggets. So far, so good. It appears that if you get too far below the $15 mark, the quality and uniqueness drops considerably. Going above twenty, though, doesn't seem to guarantee anything. But as I uncover Pinot Noirs that deliver good bang for the buck, I'll post them here.
The most recent find is Acacia “A” Pinot Noir.
Acacia is a winery based in the Carneros region of Napa Valley, California, and respected for their Chardonnay as well as for their pioneering efforts with Pinot Noir in Carneros. However, this wine is not from Carneros, but rather from grapes grown in both Sonoma and Monterey. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as it allows Acacia to make wines that are more affordable for short-pocketed folks such as me. The effort is commendable, and well-executed: Acacia “A” Pinot Noir is a quality wine.
Tasting Notes: Acacia “A” Pinot Noir
Attractive aroma of roses, bright raspberry, and a hint of earth. The palate is equally pleasant, offering flavors of ripe red raspberry, black cherry, a touch of black pepper and mild, sweet earth. Texture is smooth. Acidity is medium, tannins are mild to medium. This is a pleasant, easygoing wine that is OK by itself and better with simple dishes. Try it with mildly seasoned chicken, turkey, or duck; vegetarian cuisine; or mild cheese.
a-7 t-7 b-8 fc-8 v-8 ~ 88 Points
Winery website: Acacia Vineyard