Acacia Vineyard

Winery Lake Vineyard
2016 Pinot Noir
Los Carneros

2017 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 21 | Lot No. 108


Acacia Vineyard

Winery Lake Vineyard

Pinot Noir
Los Carneros

5 cases produced


  • A complex Pinot Noir made from the renowned Winery Lake Vineyard in Los Carneros
  • From the southeast-facing Block 10, where sun exposure infuses grapes with black cherry and plum flavors
  • Complex mineral nuances interplay with a rose-violet perfume
  • A racy hint of smokiness and spice from French oak in our most expressive 2016 barrel of Pinot Noir

With its yin-yang personality, our Winery Lake Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir combines masculine intensity with an elegant palate. Selected entirely from Block No. 10 in our Winery Lake Vineyard Estate, this Pinot Noir clearly demonstrates why these vines are Winemaker Matthew Glynn’s favorites. This slope’s exceptional sun exposure gives the wine its seductive lure of opulent black cherry and Burgundy plum, with a rose-violet perfume. Complex mineral nuances from terroir interplay with a racy hint of smokiness and spice from French oak barrels.

Matthew Glynn

Winemaker, Acacia Vineyard

Winemaker, Matthew Glynn

Although he finds the artistic aspects of winemaking most appealing, Matthew spent years immersed in wine chemistry and studied extensively at the University of California, Davis. His dual interests in the artistic and the scientific are jointly engaged in winemaking.

Over the last 20 years, Matthew has developed an intuitive approach to winemaking shaped by vintages spent working in Burgundy, France; Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand; and several winegrowing regions in California. The delicate, expressive nature of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines lured him through the Grand Cru vineyards of Burgundy and eventually to Acacia Vineyard, where he continues to seek new vineyard sites in order to create pure, stylish wines with unique character.

As senior winemaker, Matthew cultivates and guides the enthusiasm of the Acacia team. “There is a strong collective desire here to create special wines,” he says. He thrives in precisely this kind of environment, where everyone is ardently invested in the outcome. Matthew is methodical but also embraces risk—harvesting grapes when sugar content is low, for example—in order to elevate the finished wine. He continues to make more single-vineyard wines every year, as well as to explore new varietals and vinous styles for the Carneros wines that have been making lifelong fans of Acacia drinkers since 1979.

Country born: United States

Education: He holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and botany, as well as a master of science in viticulture and enology. Matthew spent time in Burgundy, France during 2001 and 2002, where he learned traditional techniques for the growing of grapes and vinification for Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines. These experiences included time in the vineyards and cellars of Domaine Dujac, Domaine de l'Arlot, and the receipt of a laureate award from the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin Foundation - Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils. Upon his return to the US, Matthew worked as an enologist and assistant winemaker in Sonoma County, where he began to learn about the unique vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations.

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Matthew’s vivid memories of the integral role wine played in family and religious gatherings stretch back to his early childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area. “For thousands of years, so many rituals have centered on wine,” he observes. “The rich history of viticulture and winemaking—and wine’s enhancement of society and culture—are truly inspiring aspects of this vocation.”

The creative process—in food, wine and the arts—has always appealed to Matthew. Preparing seasonal vegetables with freshly grown culinary herbs, and serving them with carefully made wines is a tradition he learned from his family, one that invigorates his life experience.

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Artesa Vineyards & Winery 2013 Pinot Noir Los Carneros Block 91D 18
Madonna Estate 2013 Pinot Noir Los Carneros Barrel Select 18
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Stags’ Leap Winery 2012 Red Wine Stags Leap District Estate Grown 18
Volker Eisele Family Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Chiles Valley District 18
Rutherford Hill Winery 2010 Red Wine Napa Valley Harmony 16
Schweiger Vineyards 2009 Malbec Spring Mountain District 16
Stags’ Leap Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 16
Grgich Hills Estate 2009 Petit Verdot Yountville 15
Patland Estate Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 15
Domaine Chandon NV Sparkling Wine Napa Valley Late Disgorged Cuvee 5
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