spicy, ripe blackberry will get your senses going, followed by hints of coffee and if you’re good, leather (pants not tannery); for the highly sensitive you may find orange peel and dark chocolate
Acorn Winery, Alegria Vineyards, Russian River Valley: 27 acres in Healdsburg, CA that was initially planted in the 1890’s.
An axiom is a self-evident truth. We named our Syrah “Axiom” because it is evident from the first sniff and sip that this is a classic expression of Russian River Valley Syrah. Foggy mornings and cold nights stretch out the growing season, giving the vines time to develop spicy berry flavors.
2007 marked our 15th Syrah harvest at Alegría Vineyards, although we did not produce an Acorn Syrah until the 2000 vintage. 2007 was close to an ideal year for Syrah. Relatively mild weather through the summer growing season assured even ripening and optimum flavor development. We harvested our Syrah, a mix of five clonal selections with a small amount of Viognier, on October 7 and 8, and divided it into two equal lots. After a three-day cold soak, we inoculated each lot with a different Syrah yeast to begin fermentation. Co- fermentation with Viognier follows the tradition of the Cote Rotie.
We barreled the wine on October 29 in a carefully selected mix of French, Hungarian, and American oak barrels for 17 months aging. The particular combination of forests and coopers that Bill selected added structure and notes of vanilla and spice while enhancing the Syrah flavors.
29 barrels (3 to the20)