VOLUME 9, ISSUE 24
May 5, 2013
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Cork Dork Etude: Inspired Wines of the Carneros the Gardener: Got Organic Grapes? Bravium: Relish the Acidity Rivers-Marie: 2010 & 2011 Reflect the Challenges of Farming on the Edge Dunstan Wines from Durell Vineyard Foursight Wines: Family Excels with Pinot COBB Wines: No Wine Before Its Time Sips of Pinot: Wines Tasted Recently Rosé and Chardonnay: Recently Sampled Wines Pinot Briefs
Ten Acre Winery
Limited production Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast with inaugural vintage in 2008. Wines include Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast AVA blends, and Sangiacomo, DuNah and Van der Kamp vineyard designates. Other vineyard sources include Treehouse Vineyard in the Green Valley farmed by Charlie Chenoweth, Earl's Vineyard in the Green Valley farmed by Chenoweth, Jenkins Vineyard located at the conversion of the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast and farmed by Bob Jenkins, Cummings Vineyard in the Russian River Valley farmed by Bruce Cummings and Charlie Chenoweth, and Home Vineyard located near Rochioli vineyards and farmed by John Clendenen.
Owners Scott and Lynn Adams acquired their first estate vineyard in 1995. In 1999, they established Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves specializing in limited production Zinfandel and Rhone wines. Since 2002, the Adams have lived on a 10-acre vineyard in the Russian River Valley, just two miles from Rochioli's vineyards. Over the years, the Adams have sold grapes from their home vineyard to other wineries. Beginning in 2008, they launched an independent winery with the name, Ten Acre, taking inspiration from their home property.
The winemaker is Michael Zardo who has been the assistant winemaker at Pisoni Vineyards & Winery. He is a graduate of Fresno State University and has also worked at Bernardus Winery and in New Zealand.
The wines are available for tasting at Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves, 9711 West Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg. Winery and cave tours are available by advanced appointment. The wines are sold through a mailing list Wine Club membership.
Articles About Ten Acre Winery
2010 Ten Acre Green Acre Hills Sangiacomo Vineyards Sonoma Coasst Chardonnay
14.3% alc., pH 3.55, 250 cases, $48. Vineyard planted in 1991 at a cool, coastal influenced mountain location. Aged 11 months sur lie with barrel stirring in 40% new and 60% neutral French oak barrels, 100% MLF. · Light straw color and clear in the glass. Fresh aromas of lemon zest, baked pear, kiwi, graham and almonds. Very tasty and complex with flavors of lemon tart, pear, toffee, toast and cocoa powder. Slightly creamy with noticeable body and admirable balance. A pleasing wine that can be drunk now and over the next four years. Very good. Reviewed February 27, 2013 ARTICLE »
2010 Ten Acre Stephens Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., pH 3.82, TA 0.55, 190 cases, $55. Clones 115, 667, 777 and Pommard from a vineyard planted in 1999 in Goldridge soil. The wine was aged 12 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. A cherry-fruited nose draws you into the glass. Delicious Bing cherry core with complimentary riffs of cola, sassafras and spice. The oak is well integrated, and the copious fruit is tempered nicely by enough ripe fruit tannin to create a mouth-coating experience. Quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Very good. Reviewed February 27, 2013 ARTICLE »
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