Acacia Vineyard is known for their Carneros Pinot Noir and Chardonnay so it’s not a stretch to expect them to try their hand at sparking wine. What is a bit surprising is their preference for long bottle age as this wine, now 10 years of age, is still available in some stores (the winery is selling the 1997 vintage right now). I couldn’t find any information about the percentages of the blend but I’d guess from the taste it’s just a tad to the Chardonnay side with the rest being Pinot Noir and perhaps some Pinot Meunier.
Acacia Vineyard, Brut, Sparkling Wine 1996 ($40) – Golden straw in color with vigorous bubbles. Citrus and fresh bread aromas. Lemon and mineral flavors with a dose of acidity and nuttiness on the finish. Dry and clean but not as complex as expected given it’s age. I’d drink these up if I had any more bottles as I don’t think they will improve.
Natural cork closure