OLD SCHOOL NAPA MEETS NEW WORLD STYLE
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.
WINES TRUE TO THEIR VARIETAL CHARACTER
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.
OUR WINES SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES HOWEVER PEOPLE ARE SAYING SOME PRETTY NICE THINGS
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.
Reviews & Awards
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
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.
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.