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Ackerman Family Vineyards


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Wines that pay respect to tradition

There are indispensable attributes that go into each Ackerman bottling: an unhurried hand and a focused mind on quality and sustainability. Taste our wines and you’ll soon discover they share other consistencies: balance, structure and symmetry. Deep, rich berry flavors, silky tannins and a subtle elegance that echoes Bordeaux qualities. We’ve shaped our Cabernets to have softer edges and lower alcohol levels (13.2 - 14.5 percent) that complement the menu at the dinner (or picnic) table. We never want our wines to overpower food—that’s the antithesis of total enjoyment. And goodness knows, we appreciate the other half of the equation (food) just as much as wine! All of our wines share hallmark characteristics, yet each Ackerman bottling tells it’s own story of the vineyard.

Ackerman Family Vineyards Alavigna Tosca 2013

2013 Harvest arrived early and in abundance. A picture perfect year in Napa Valley, but the challenges were evident in dealing with the possibilities of early sugar spikes for our new source of Sangionvese in north St Helena. As usual the Ackerman Estate vineyard came in at the end of the picking season for Napa Valley with good quantities from our Certified Organic 11 acres.

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2013 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Coombsville AVA harvest arrived early and in abundance. A picture perfect year in Napa Valley. As usual the Ackerman Estate vineyard came in at the end of the Napa Valley picking season with good quantities from our Certified Organic 11 acres for our 2013 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Ackerman Family Vineyards Le Chatelaine 2013

In Spring 2012 the lowest 2/3 of an acre was overgrafted to equal vine counts of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. The grafts took well and there was bloom and set that first year. That fruit was discarded, because of it’s youth on the stalk. With well healed grafs, these vines lept from the canes in 2013 making good cluster counts with developed, distinctive and unique-to-each-varietal’s flaovr. The parcel was harvested together. The Cabernet from the organically farmed old vines on the family property was glorious.

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2011 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

A wet winter and spring in the Coombsville AVA brought rainfall into mid-June that delayed bloom resulting in shatter. After a consistently cool summer season, significant mid-October rain pushed the vintage even later. A prolonged Indian summer provided needed ripening time to the grapes, and had a major impact on the quantity, but not the quality. While tonage was low, the fruit this year made for a well-balanced 2011 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon with good intensity, structure and texture with brightness of aromatics and flavor.

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We’re thrilled when a sommelier or chef tells us our wine is a perfect match for their list—that its weight and balance complements their objectives at the restaurant. Equally, we love it when our patrons have nice things to say as well.

Peter Marks

Master of Wine


Jasmine Madatian

Trusted Patron


Patrick Loftus-Hills

Trusted Patron


Elizabeth and Robert Van Dyk

Trusted Patron


Karen and Glenn Fischer

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Eric & Christopher Sleigh

Trusted Patrons


Reviews & Awards

Impressive Press

Our humbling journey has earned some ‘A’ list attention


The Best of Napa's 2011 Cabernets: Tasting at Premiere Napa Valley

2011 Ackerman Family Vineyards "The Vicar(d)" Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville

Rating: 9-9.5



May/June 2013

2011 Ackerman Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Reticent nose offers plum, raspberry, licorice, barbecue smoke and menthol, plus a whiff of musky herbs; considerably less funky than the leathery, horsey 2010 version. Juicy, spicy and rather cool on the palate, with sound acidity giving shape to the flavors of currant, spices, tobacco leaf, mocha and menthol. Pepper and herb notes contribute to an impression of cut without coming across as excessively green. This is likely to be the most successful cabernet release to date from this producer. Ackerman has 11 acres of vines planted in Coombsville (in 1988), not far from Meteor.


July 2013

Ackerman Family Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Plenty of dark berry and plum but also has some very nice bright cherry notes that you don’t see in most Napa Cabs. Finish is long and soft with hints of chocolate and smokey oak. Tannins are quite firm but are balanced nicely. Very impressive wine.