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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 2012

2012 Harvest kept vineyard managers on their toes all season. Early bloom and set and even temperatures with no serious damaging heat spikes. This led to a long growing season and even a little welcome rain in late September. Typical for Coombsville, the ripening moved slowly into late October and the decision to pick on October 30th beat a long and hard rain. Fruit was ripe and plants gained lignification.

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Ackerman Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011

A wet winter and spring 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 wine 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

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.