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2012 Acorn Sangiovese (US) "Alegria Vineyard"

Winery: Acorn

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Alegria Vineyard"

Wine Category: Sangiovese (US)

Grape blend: 98% Sangiovese, 1% Canaiolo, & 1% Mammolo

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $30

Cases produced: 690

KWG Score: 88 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: April 1, 2015

Wine Review: This ruby colored Sangiovese from Acorn is very good. It opens with an attractive mild blueberry and red cherry bouquet with a hint of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty mild red cherry with notes of oak and hints of red plum and strawberry. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are dusty and sticky. This Sangiovese from California would pair very well with Mario Batali's wild Boar Ragu served over Pappardelle. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Intriguing aromas of spicy oak and a rich mineral essence blend with light red fruit and traces of tobacco. The bright oak-edged entry quickly reveals the solid structure and wonderful characteristics of the wine. Mocha and spice dominate, while nuanced flavors of juicy cherry, plum, and hints of orange peel and minerality appear mid-palate and broaden in the lingering finish. Slightly chewy with youthful tannins, this Sangiovese is reminiscent of a Chianti Classico, and is an excellent match for almost any meal. The beautiful acidity is ideal for pairing with entrees like lasagna or pizza, and is equally well matched with marinated hanger steak served with mushrooms and a red wine sauce, or a leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic.

Organic status: not organic

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