Alexander Valley Vineyards Zinfandels

The Three Zins of Alexander Valley Vineyards


Alexander Valley Vineyards has always been a great source for delicious, well-balanced, expressive Cabernet Sauvignon.  I finished my last bottle of the 1986 this past December and it remains fresh, complex and vibrant. That quality, however, is not limited to their Cabernet.  Quality across the board is terrific here and the wines are priced for consumers, not collectors. The fact that the Wetzel family, AVV’s proprietors, planted some of the earliest vineyards in Alexander Valley gives them an advantage over many of their neighbors. They were able to get some exceptional vineyard locations, and at 1962 prices, based on the going rate for prune orchards and pastures, they were a bargain.

The Wetzel family has been a great custodian of these lands, utilizing the green practices of sustainable farming, and have built Alexander Valley Vineyards into an important member of Sonoma’s wine community. With 11 varieties of estate grown fruit they are able to offer a complete portfolio of interesting and enticing wines.

Among their portfolio one finds the trio of Zinfandels: Temptation, Sin Zin and Redemption.


The Temptation Zinfandel gains some brightness from the dollop of Sangiovese included in the blend and has those classic, old-school spice notes that American oak contribute.

2006 Temptation California Zinfandel 14.5%
Soft and mouth filling though not terribly weighty with a really gentle, supple character making this very easy drinking. There’s plenty of sweet wild cherry fruit here, and a touch of sautéed herbs adding a touch of complexity.

Sin Zin

Sin Zin is pure, lush Zinfandel from Alexander Valley. It spends time in a combination of American and French oak, with each adding their own imprint to the finished wine, helping to produce a wine that is rich, complex, yet supple on release.

2007 Sin Zin Alexander Valley Zinfandel 14.4%
Richly fruited with candied watermelon  and black raspberry fruits that are sweet and supple yet quite focused. This really has a wonderful mouthfeel, though it’s still a little tight and rigid, it is quite refreshing.


A classic Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel that stands in stark contrast to the fruit driven style of Temptation and Sin Zin.  The richness and spice of  new oak, again a combination of French and American barrels, frame the rich, black fruits of this Dry Creek Valley juice, giving this an added dimension.

2006 Redemption Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 14.5%

This is layered and complex with nice frutti di bosco tones, hints of earth, black spice and wood spice all adding accent notes to the fresh blackberry fruits. The freshness extends to the finish, which is a bit short but has a sneaky return of black raspberry.

No matter which wine seems to be to your taste you can rest assured that one of Alexander Valley Vineyards three Zinfandels deserve your attention.

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  • Snooth User: ellie0311
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    Tasted all 3 in Oct 2008 at the winery. Perfection!

    Sep 09, 2009 at 12:02 PM

  • Snooth User: h2w4
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    come join our winery's group page over at

    I post upcoming events, new releases, special discounts and deals. I'm also available to answer any questions you might have regarding our wines or our winery. Just ask! I'll see you there :)

    Sep 09, 2009 at 7:08 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    @ Ellieo, sounds like you had a good time!

    @AVV - great page you have and a great idea to let everyone know!

    Sep 10, 2009 at 8:18 AM

  • AVV's aging caves is a sight to behold with thousands of oak barrels of wine maturing. Kevin Hall is very calculated in his wine-making. Harry Wetzel, grandson of the found, is on the night shift and has huge promise to become one of the best winemakers in California if not the world.

    Feb 08, 2010 at 10:00 PM

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