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2011 A by Acacia Pinot Noir

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Acacia is a California winery that is best known for producing solid bottling of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine. This week I had the pleasure of sampling a 2011 Pinot Noir from their value line A from Acacia and for someone who enjoys a simple, light and stylish Pinot that is true to the grape it was a pleasure.

Ruby color in the glass, the nose is a blend of red raspberry, strawberry and brown spice that does not completely shift over to the flavor profile where cherry comes through against the strawberry from the open into the mid palate after which the fruit seems to dissipate and some spicy zing moves to the forefront, kind of clove in flavor, but not as intense in its impact. The back of the palate spice is followed by a clean line of acidity providing a nice ending point. While the length is not a strong point the overall balance in this wine, no one flavor overpowering the others, made for a really nice sipping on the lanai experience.

The A by Acacia Pinot Noir comes with a variety of price points, I found the 2011 at ABC Fine Wine and Spirits on sale for around $10 a little under the usual price, but even at the regular $12 I would consider picking up this wine, though I have seen it higher and would balk above the $12 price. In the end this is not big and bold wine, but is interesting in the layering of nose and flavor that shows the care of the winemaker. In many ways this a delight in the way some simple things are appreciated more than something more complex and difficult to take in whole. Think of that one simple birthday gift from someone that meant more to you than the sum of all gifts from everyone you know, that is the 2011 A by Acacia Pinot Noir.

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