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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.

Winemaking Philosophy


We aspire to capture the natural expression of the grape and the grace of the winemaker's craft

There’s a lot of patience in each glass of Ackerman. Our winemaking team produces a limited amount (less than 500 cases) of Cabernet Sauvignon each year. Our wines enchant with deep, rich berry flavors and silky tannins. Understated elegance echo Bordeaux qualities, as do distinctive lower alcohol levels, lighter weights and less viscous structure. Tucked into the caldera known as Mount George, the vineyard is situated in an east-west direction resulting in a cooler, more temperate climate. Organic farming has created a well-rooted vineyard.

Fermentations are encouraged with light inoculations of yeast. After alcoholic conversion, it takes 10 to 14 days for extended maceration to lengthen tannins. Then, we drain the fresh young wine into all new hand-crafted barrels. We prefer French oak out of three different coopers: Taransaud, Gamba and Saint-Martin. During barrel aging, which takes 24 months, the only filtration is four rackings to each barrel. We consistently produce wines that reflect our philosophies of organic farming and non-interventionist winemaking. There are no fining agents like egg whites or animal proteins added to our wines. After two years, the wine is in bottle and held an additional two years before it’s released. It’s a long process that reflects our unhurried style, but one that never compromises on quality.


Ackerman Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007

The wine is immediately impressive with deep saturated color reminiscent of black cherry juice. The enticing aromas are of blackberry, sweet dark plum, cedar and balking spices. Exquisitely seductive with dark berry flavors, seamless integration of French oak and plush tannins. Tasting the wine, it’s compelling and suave. Lovely now, it will be fun to watch for the next 10 years. Another brilliant wine from the tiny 11 acre farm east of Napa city center. —Peter Marks, MW


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Ackerman Family Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Ackerman’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon exudes dark and dense aromas and flavors of cassis, black plums, anise, and toasted spice and vanilla. The forward fruit is opulent and rich with subtle tannins leading to an amazingly long, lush finish. As usual for us over the past two decades, this wine has the capability to age well.

91 Points - Antonio Galloni

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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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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.