Mark Herold Wines Red Acha California 2011  - Last Bottle

Mark Herold Wines Red Acha California 2011

Porch-pounder alert! MORE than 60% OFF, straight from the winery library!! How did we do this? Did we drive a bulldozer into the warehouse wall and load up as much as we could? Did we take Mark Herold, the master winemaker behind Merus and many other highly-rated wines, out for sushi and ply him with martinis? We’ll never tell, but seriously, a wine from Mark, ANY wine, priced like this should be snapped up ASAP --- those of you lucky people who have snagged this label in the past already KNOW the goodness that awaits!

The ACHA bottling, a happy-making, peppy Tempranillo, is packed with creamy raspberry fruit, like a fruit compote with a little jam on the side, baking spices, leather and cigar box notes. Fantastically easy to drink and a no-brainer crowd-pleaser, it is simply madness to not load up on this...seriously, Mark Herold wine? That’s IT, we’re making a spicy batch of paella with chicken and sausage, right now. See ya!!

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The 2011 Acha is slightly lighter than the 2012, offering up strawberry and black cherry notes intertwined with hints of roast herbs, damp earth and vanillin.  A huge blast of Raspberry jam backed up by subtle nuances of tar and leather add interest and intrigue.  This wine hits the trifecta of balance; Acidity, fruit and tannin are seamlessly integrated and ready to please!

Technical Details

Country: United States
Region: California
Appellation: California
Varietal: Red Blends
Winemaker: Mark Herold
Alcohol: 14.90%

About The Producer

Mark found his curiosity for wine through his love for food and cooking during his teenage years. Initially planning to study culinary arts in Paris, Mark eventually decided on a domestic education.  Having many interests and many declared majors, it took him eight years to complete his under-graduate studies- yet collecting wine all along.  Deciding to advance his education, he completed his academic career at the University of Davis with a Ph.D. in Ecology emphasizing nutritional bio-chemistry.  

While at UC Davis, his curiosity for wine was nurtured by a fellow wine enthusiast, who happened to be his bio-chemistry professor and owned his own winery in the Sierra Foothills. It took one volunteer harvest for Mark to become completely enthralled with the process.  Mark’s ever-present thirst for knowledge led him down a career path as a winemaker; combining both his love of science and art.

Mark started his first venture into the wine world at Joseph Phelps Vineyards as the Research Enologist. Here Mark was able to bridge the scientific method with practices in winemaking in order to determine which procedures really make the best expressions of wine quality and seamless oak integration. 

Mark’s enthusiasm for making wine took on a life of its own leading to the creation of Merus in 1998; his personal Cabernet label.   Being made in his home garage in downtown Napa, this project was a labor of love.  After selling Merus, Mark continues his quest for making delicious, balanced, age-worthy wines here at MHW.

Mark is a Taurus and his favorite food is Sushi.  You will find him most often in his kitchen at home, cooking for family and friends, drinking cider.

Pairing Suggestions

Braised, stewed or roasted meats, or game birds with a fruit sauce. 

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