Acquiesce Winery, 2019 Ingénue Uncommon and Profound

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The Winery

Susan Tipton’s Acquiesce Winery features exquisite white French wines exclusively. When Susan Tipton founded Acquiesce Winery, she was on a mission unique to Lodi AVA and in fact, most AVA’s areas. She sought to offer only white Rhone wines. She was chastised and admonished why she should not focus on solely white wines. Yet based on her passion and life experiences in France, she proceeded without wavering. She sourced and planted the best vines from the Chateau de Beaucastel of Chateauneuf du Pape on her quest. Today she has and continues making artisan and award winning boutique wines. Her awards are too numerous to list. For the full story on Acquiesce see a previous story at:

https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2018/09/09/acquiesce-winery-vineyards-an-unique-offering/

The Wine – 2019 Acquiesce Ingénue

The wine features a combination of French varietals in her 2019 Acquiesce Ingénue. Don’t let the name fool you as its definition states “an innocent or unsophisticated young woman, especially in a play or film”. This is a unique white blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Bourboulenc and Picpoul Blanc. The gestalt of this wine, when you combine the Grenache Blanc (pleasant minerality with hints of green apple and apricot), Bourboulenc, a rare varietal in the United States with as Susan states “…beeswax on the nose, citrus flavors of orange and key lime…..with a honeyed finish”, Picpoul (with pineapple, lemon custard and floral nose) and Clairette Blanche (again an uncommon varietal in California (with a medium-heavy viscosity, mild grapefruit and a floral bouquet) you have an exquisite and one of kind experience. Truly a symphony of flavors to be enjoyed. Each of the varietals received an award winning Gold, Double Gold Medals or Best of Class in various competitions. The 2019 Ingénue won Double Gold at the 2021 American Fine Wine Competition and a Gold Medal at the 2021 Orange County Wine Society Wine Competition. Some of her wines have been awarded 98 points and in 2022 Sue Tipton was honored as the Best Woman Winemaker from the International Women’s Wine Competition! The current release is the 2021 Ingénue and is listed at $36/bottle. A great uncommon find and worthy of honor in any cellar!

The Food and Wine Pairing

Our Friday Wine & Dine group met at Verona18 restaurant last Friday evening. I pulled this wine out of the cellar as several specials were being offered. A special appetizer caught my attention of a lightly fried plate of artichoke hearts. It was prepared with spices and drizzled with lemon juice and an accompanying aioli sauce of butter and garlic.

The evening special fish was fresh swordfish with a medley of fresh fruit salsa along with vegetables and rice. The meal and wine were absolutely a match made in heaven!

Sláinte,


Michael

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