“One Acre, One Guy, One Wine” slogan is the quintessential meaning behind their wines and success. It started in 2002 with Dave Becker, who founded the One Acre label with just one acre of Cabernet Sauvignon planted at his family home in the Oak Knoll region of the Napa Valley. The success of One Acre led to the launch of Acre Wines, a portfolio of classic wines from sustainably farmed, family-owned estate vineyards in Napa Valley.
Industry veterans, Mike and Talley Henry purchased the winery in 2017. Together, with well-known consulting winemaker Richard Bruno, they continue to carry on the One Acre and Acre Wines legacy that Dave created nearly two decades ago. Today, the One Acre portfolio includes an Oak Knoll Cabernet sourced from Dave’s original one acre vineyard, and a Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon, planted on one acre with identical clones, varietal, spacing and row orientation as the Oak Knoll Cabernet to be able to understand and appreciate the differences of “terroir”. The highly acclaimed Acre portfolio includes a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc sourced from family-owned vineyards within the stellar AVA’s of Oakville, Yountville, Calistoga, and Stags Leap.
While not a big “wine label” person, their wine bottles are unique and a piece of art! They researched out many ways to get their label on the bottle and chose Bergin Screen Printing & Etching in Napa. The process is “glass printing” with proprietary colors and have perfected the glass printing process. The printing process uses a steel screen with the ink applied to the glass. They are able to screen around the entire bottle 360 degrees. The bottle is then baked in a Lehr at temperatures of 1160 degrees permanently fusing the label with the glass. This makes for a decorative bottle on the outside to hold some exquisite wine.
The Wine – 2018 Acre Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2018 Acre Cabernet Sauvignon follows the pedigree of the 2017 in many remarkable ways. The wine comes from the organically farmed single vineyard Mill Race Vineyard in Yountville. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. On the eyes a deep crimson color almost black and medium heavy viscosity. On the nose, aromatics of black cherry and luscious blueberries invites you to taste the wine. On the palate, layers of spices and structure greets one initially. Then texture of mild chewiness and flavors of soft new leather, light oak, currant and a tinge of licorice swell up in a beautiful crescendo in the mouth along with the aforementioned fruits. The finish of tannins is soft, velvety and caressing not harsh and edgy like some Cabernet Sauvignons of Napa Valley. A wine to be enjoyed by itself or with a spicy dish to help “calm it down”. The 2018 is just now being released and is $60/bottle. A truly remarkable offering.
The Food and Wine Pairing
Our Friday Night Wine & Dine group at Verona18 and enjoyed various dishes. I ordered the 12 ounce Blackened prime rib with topped with citrus-Pico de Gallo. Served with mashed potatoes and vegetables. The spiciness of the blackened steak along with the mellower Acre Wines Cabernet Sauvignon was truly a perfect match for the evening.