Acorn Winery is located in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley wine region. The winery makes Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Rosato, Syrah and a field blend named “Medley.” Annual production is just under 3,000 cases a year.
Owner Bill Nachbaur and Alison Green Doran share the winemaking duties at Acorn. They use grapes grown on the 27 acre Alegria Vineyards. Bill and Betsy Nachbaur purchased Alegria Vineyards in 1990 and began producing wine under the Acorn Winery label in 1994.
The 2004 Sangiovese is made with grapes from cuttings that the legendary Americo Rafanelli originally planted. These hillside vines are grown on a west-facing slope. 1% Mammolo and 1% Canaiolo were blended with 7 distinct clones of Sangiovese.
The 2003 Axiom Syrah is blended with 1% Viognier to give it a bit of a floral quality. This wine was aged in a combination of French, American, and Hungarian oak barrels. It has dark fruit flavors including plums and blackberries with a touch of smoke and coffee from the oak.