Right idea. Wrong wine?
The other day, in a regular blind tasting, I sampled a new Pinot Noir, vintage 2005.
Nothing outstanding. Fresh, snappy cherry and strawberry fruit, which I rated in the good category (defined as 80-84 points on Wine Spectator's 100-point scale).
When the bag came off, I immediately recognized the winery name.
Acacia is one of California’s Pinot pioneers, and in recent vintages this Carneros-based winery has made some exciting wines. The 2002 Carneros (90 points, $20) was one of the greatest values I’ve tasted in recent years, and the winery somehow managed to make a staggering 20,000 cases.
Acacia calls the new wine A by Acacia, and it carries a California appellation (not Carneros, which is where all of Acacia’s other Pinots come from). It sells for $17, and 58,000 cases were made.
I like the idea – a larger-volume Pinot offering, a good wine at a decent price. But I wonder whether this will help or hurt Acacia’s reputation as it tries to win greater acclaim for its flagship, single-vineyard wines.
Or should the wine have been bottled under a different label?