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Robin Black
 
October 3, 2019 | Robin Black

2019 Fall Shipment - Meet the Wines!

2018 Ingénue (2 bottles)

A blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Bourboulenc and Picpoul Blanc, the Ingénue has a very high-toned, exuberant nose of primarily minerals and fresh fennel, with suggestions of lemon/citrus and spring/floral notes; medium-full body of moderate weight despite meaty, slightly dense, textured qualities, finishing with mineral and citrus notes in the mouth. We enjoy this wine with gruyere grilled cheese, tomato tart, pork belly, goat cheese and so much more.  Best of Class & Double Gold in the 2019 International Women's Wine Competition plus Gold & Best of Class in the 2019 Sunset International Wine Competition.

2018 Bourboulenc (2 bottles)

We are the first winery in the U.S. to release this varietal that has been grown in France for hundreds of years. It’s got a great natural acidity, with citrus flavors of orange and key lime and with a honeyed beeswax finish. We find that it pairs well with fish (a natural with bouillabaisse!) and even shines with spicy foods.  Gold Medal - 2019 International Women's Wine Competition.

2018 Roussanne (1 bottle)

This wine has the most diverse characteristics of all of our varietals. The mouth is juicy yet still restrained, with flavors of apricots and cream. The finish is mineral, with almond, pear, floral and even some honey notes. It stands up to rich shellfish, salmon, spicy foods and garlic stir-fries. A must with foie gras!  Gold Medal - International Women's Wine Competition 2019.

2018 Grenache Rosé (1 bottle)

This Provençal style dedicated rosé has a delicate salmon color with aromas of watermelon, strawberry and lime. Our Grenache grape clones come from both the famous French Château de Beaucastel Winery in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region and from the renowned Alban Grenache clone; the cool nighttime breezes from the Mokelumne River nearby gives the grapes ripe, fruity flavors with excellent balance. This wine pairs well with any food but try it with Mediterranean cuisine or Spanish tapas for a special treat—or just enjoy it outside on a sunny day!  Gold Medal - 2019 Sunset Magazine's International Wine Competition.

Time Posted: Oct 3, 2019 at 12:30 PM
Robin Black
 
August 23, 2019 | Robin Black

Our Vineyard Tours Are Back Just in Time for Harvest!

Join us for an Educational Harvest Vineyard and Winery Tour highlighting our estate vineyard and winemaking practices following the Lodi Rules Sustainable Farming Program on either Saturday, September 14th or Saturday, September 21st at 9:30 AM.

This is an ideal time of year to visit us for a vineyard tour, since you’ll get to experience the grapes themselves right out in the vineyard.

Participants will walk the vineyard with Rodney Tipton, gaining an understanding of trellising, pruning, tying, maintaining shade canopy and seeing how our irrigation program works, to name a few.

The vineyard tour will be followed by an overview of the winemaking process by winemaker Susan Tipton. Learn how to check grapes for ripeness and follow our grapes from the vineyard to the glass. Taste the grapes directly from the vine, and then try freshly pressed grape juice from the tank! Discover how our wines taste along multiple steps in their journey to the bottle and learn just how they got there.

Next up will be a tasting of our fall lineup of white wines each paired with small bites, and ending with a box lunch from the Lodi Airport Cafe on our patio.

Bring a hat or sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes (that don’t mind getting a little dusty).

Limited to 20 guests.

Cost for tour, tasting, and lunch:

$35 per person - $25 per person for Acquiesce Wine Club Members - SOLD OUT!

RSVP here to be added to the waitlist.

ACQUIESCE WINERY

209-333-6102

Time Posted: Aug 23, 2019 at 2:58 PM
Robin Black
 
August 15, 2019 | Robin Black

Meet our 2018 Roussanne!

Our newest release from the vineyard is our 2018 Roussanne, a true Rhȏne grape that originated in the northern Rhȏne valley in France. This is our eighth vintage of the sometimes-temperamental variety, and we are excited about what we’re tasting so far.  It’s already earned a gold medal at the 2019 International Women’s Wine Competition, and impresses with aromas of tea rose, white flowers and a hint of spice on the nose, and it unfolds on the palate with notes of pear, apricot and a rich mouthfeel. The finish lingers with flavors of almonds and honeycomb. A backbone of minerality and acidity keeps this wine gorgeously balanced and delicious alone or with pairings from seafood to foie gras. As with all our wines, it is produced in 100% stainless tanks and never goes through malolactic fermentation, allowing the pure fruit flavor of our unique Lodi-Mokelumne River AVA terroir to really shine through.

While Roussanne is perhaps the most ageable of Rhȏne white varieties—and is often referred to as the white wine for red wine drinkers thanks to that ageability and all-around richness--it does have a bit of a  reputation.

 “Roussanne is a spindly plant, susceptible to wind, to rot, mildew, and oidium. Uneven ripeness, as well as botrytis, is common, and multiple passes are frequently required for a proper harvest.  In the vineyard it is so fickle, in fact, that a grower at Novovine, a Sonoma nurseryman, gave it the nickname ‘the Princess.’”

-Patrick Comiskey, American Rhȏne

In the next breath, however, those who bemoan Roussanne’s finickiness will become downright poetic in describing the beautiful wines this grape produces. Is the princess worth all the trouble? The answer is YES.

It can certainly be a bit of a problem child in our vineyard, but we also have a slightly more hospitable environment for Roussanne here in Lodi, where we have a longer growing season and no troublesome winds like southern France’s Mistral.

One of the keys to growing Roussanne with best results is to keep yields low (which in turn keeps Roussanne’s acid levels in check), which we do with all our fruit at Acquiesce. At harvest, all the fruit is hand-picked and whole-cluster pressed.

Our 2018 Roussanne has just been released, and you can purchase it from our website or in our tasting room where we’ve just added it to our tasting flight.

307 cases produced, 100% estate grown

$32 Retail

Time Posted: Aug 15, 2019 at 2:47 PM
Robin Black
 
August 9, 2019 | Robin Black

Beautiful Bourboulenc

We are pleased to announce the release of our 2018 Bourboulenc!

 

Technical notes:

Harvest date – September 21, 2018 (last varietal harvested)

Brix at Harvest – 23 – Absolutely beautiful fruit!

Date of Bottling - January 18, 2019

Cases Produced – 386 cases

Alcohol – 13.5%

In a year notable for its lack of extremes—no heat spikes, no flooding, and no extended drought conditions—the 2018 vintage was a stellar one for the Lodi region, and it really shows in our second-ever bottling of the rare Rhȏne variety Bourboulenc, grown on our estate in the Mokelumne River AVA.  Acquiesce was the first U.S. winery to release a single-variety Bourboulenc, and we think our sophomore effort is even better. It’s a high-yielding, hardy grape that thrives on heat and sunshine—something we have plenty of in Lodi!

How did we make this vintage? For starters, all our estate fruit is certified under the Lodi Rules for sustainable winemaking. How we grow the grapes for our wine is as important as how we make the wine itself, because without quality fruit you cannot have great wine.

The fruit was hand-picked in early morning and whole cluster-pressed; as with all our wines, the grapes were cold-fermented in stainless steel tanks to allow maximum expression of the fruit flavors and has no residual sugar, which means this wine is crisp and dry. It does not undergo malolactic fermentation.

While this variety has been prized in Southern Rhône, Provence and Languedoc for centuries for its balanced acidity and citrus flavors, it really shines in our Lodi terroir: aromas of white flowers and spice lead to bright citrus flavors in the glass, with hints of fresh herbs, a supporting minerality, and a lingering honeyed finish. Bourboulenc is a primary component of several blends in southern France (Bandol Blanc, anyone?), and it’s a key variety in our own new Ingénue blend, but it’s a real standout as a varietal bottling.  Rarely, if ever can it be found bottled as a single varietal.  While this wine is delicious all by itself, it’s also a food-friendly wine that pairs well with seafood, pastas and risottos with a cream sauce, and even with spicy food. As we worked on this writeup we decided to pair it with a leek risotto and seared scallops, and it was a winning (and delicious!) combination.

Like all the wines Acquiesce makes, it is exceptionally well-suited in general for the lighter California (and West Coast) cuisine.  Our Bourboulenc recently won a gold medal at the 2019 International Women’s Wine Competition, earning its place alongside all our other gold medal winners.

It’s available to wine club members and in our tasting room beginning August 15, with a $28 retail price. It joins our tasting room lineup on the 15th as well, so stop by and discover this exciting new wine for yourself!

 
Time Posted: Aug 9, 2019 at 1:43 PM