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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 2010

Longtime friends and collaborators for more than 13 years, vineyard manager Mark Neal, of Jack Neal and Son, and Ackerman Family Vineyards owners Bob and Lauren Ackerman have brought their collective talents together to produce a one-of-a-kind Napa Valley “Super Tuscan” blend that truly speaks to the expertise of the partners in producing fine wines.

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Ackerman Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009

A predictable year resulted in harvest on October 21st. After a week of soaking and inactivity, the slight, encouraging innoculation of yeast began a fermentation of 10 days. After 24 total days of skin contact, we drained to 100% new oak; Taransaud, Gamba and St. Martin barrels. There were 4 rackings during 25 months in barrel, mellowing tannins, enhancing aromas and creating the flavors we wanted before bottling. As is the policy, there were no fining agents used. Also, this is unfiltered. Gove Celio and Kelly Wheat made the wines.

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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

Trusted Patron


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.

89-91 Points

- International Wine Cellar

May/June 2013

2010 Ackerman Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

(a 60/40 blend of cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese; the sangiovese comes from Luna): Good dark red-ruby. Sauvage aromas of dark cherry, leather, sweet butter, licorice, herbs and nutty oak. Supple but dry and a bit roasted, with distinctly rustic flavors of chocolate and leather. Finishes with slightly dry tannins and a hint of raisined fruit. A bit too Old World for me.

87 Points

- International Wine Cellar


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.