To set the stage correctly a little background information on Acquiesce Winery located in Acampo, California, just north of Lodi. Susan Tipton set out on a mission to do only unique and lesser-known white varietals in a predominately red wine area! You can read more on her journey and the winery at: https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2018/09/09/acquiesce-winery-vineyards-an-unique-offering/
Susan Tipton was awarded 2022 Best Woman Winemaker award from the prestigious International Women’s Wine Competition. At the event her 2021 Picpoul Blanc was named Best of Class and won Double Gold, scoring 98 points. This on top of so many other awards for the winery and her wines. At the largest wine competition in the United States, the San Francisco Chronicle Competition, she was awarded Best of Class. Her 2019 Picpoul Blanc won Double Gold Medal at the International Women’s Wine Competition and her 2020 has won Best White Wine & Double Gold Medal at the 2021 American Wine Society Commercial Competition as well as many others.
The Wine 2019 Picpoul Blanc
Yesterday late afternoon, several figs were ready to be picked from the yard. Made a fig compote hollowing out each fig. Cut up a freshly baked baguette and spread a double cream Brie from France called Claudel. Then garnished with the fig compote and served with the 2019 Acquiesce Picpoul Blanc for an appetizer.
The 2019 Picpoul Blanc as I have stated “Visually this varietal is faint in color and almost translucent with a pale yellow hue. On the nose pineapple was the predominate scent coupled with minerality. Picpoul means to “sting the lips” yet this wine was much more embracing and had a disguised light sweetness. The finish produced a full mouthful of wonderment”.
On the nose pineapple was the predominate scent coupled with minerality. Lemon and green apple with a silky mouth filling sensation on the palate. This wine looks like a “light weight wine” but packs a delicate punch of enjoyment. For my taste, it is the best Picpoul Blanc I have tasted!
Her 2020 received a score of 96 points and has won the following awards:
*Best White Wine & Double Gold Medal at 2021 American Wine Society Commercial Competition
*Best of Class & Double Gold Medal at 2021 Hilton Head Food & Wine Competition
*Double Gold Medal at 2021 SF International Wine Competition
*Double Gold Medal at International Women’s Wine Competition
Her current release is the 2021 and for $30/bottle is a real bargain! Obviously pulling this bottle out of the cellar, the 2019 Acquiesce it was still an absolute winner!