2008 Acha California Red Wine

SKU #1071777 93 points Wine Spectator

 A ripe, juicy style, with bright, vivid red cherry, plum and wild berry scents that are pure and polished. Full-bodied, ending with a long, lingering finish. Tempranillo, Grenache, Carignane, Graciano and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2019.  (2/2011)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep red. Spicy black cherry and blackberry aromas complicated by earth and minerals. Sweet and creamy in the mouth, with an intense blueberry flavor dominating. Very expressive already but finishes with a serious tannic structure. This has terrific fruit. Owner/winemaker Mark Herold told me he recently brought back tempranillo budwood from Peter Sisseck (Pingus) in Ribera del Duero, which he hopes to use in a high-end blend with cabernet sauvignon. Incidentally, when Herold sold out his share of Merus, he signed a non-compete agreement that prevented him from making cabernet sauvignon until the 2010 vintage, so he began by making this tempranillo-based wine and a Chateauneuf blend under the Flux label.  (6/2010)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Composed of 65% Tempranillo, 15% Grenache, 8% Carignan, 7% Graciano and 5% Petit Syrah, there are 950 cases of the 2008 Acha. A very interesting wine, it offers notes of blueberries, raspberries, licorice, graphite, tobacco leaf and spice. Medium-bodied with loads of fruit intensity, purity, personality and soul, the sweetness of the tannins suggest this 2008 can be drunk over the next 4-5 years.  (12/2010)

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