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Alexander Valley Mercantile Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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along with an undercurrent of eucalyptus and mint. The wine is already displaying a lot of concentration and depth, indicating it should keep getting better and better. Winery

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Alexander Valley Vineyards:
Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley was mostly prune orchards and pastures when, in 1962, Maggie and Harry Wetzel purchased a large portion of a homestead built by Cyrus Alexander, the valley’s nineteenth century namesake. Here, in a rural community of family farms and ranches, the Wetzel family settled. They raised livestock, cultivated bountiful gardens and restored Alexander’s original home, ma... Read more
Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley was mostly prune orchards and pastures when, in 1962, Maggie and Harry Wetzel purchased a large portion of a homestead built by Cyrus Alexander, the valley’s nineteenth century namesake. Here, in a rural community of family farms and ranches, the Wetzel family settled. They raised livestock, cultivated bountiful gardens and restored Alexander’s original home, making it the center of family life. With an eye to their neighbors in nearby Napa Valley, the Wetzels boldly planted premium grape varieties, among the first in the area. Then the family built a small winery. Hank Wetzel, oldest son of Maggie and Harry, produced Alexander Valley Vineyard’s first wine in 1975. His wife Linda set up the books and managed the winery office. AVV quickly established a reputation for estate grown wines with distinctive varietal character. Acclaimed for crisp Chardonnay and luscious Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley Vineyards brought recognition to the appellation and became a leading winery in Sonoma County. Hank’s younger sister, Katie Wetzel Murphy, joined the family business in 1979. An enthusiastic ambassador, she travels the country, fueling the family-owned winery’s reputation. Today the Alexander Valley is a prominent appellation known worldwide as the source of elegant, age worthy wines. The Wetzel Family Estate now grows fourteen grape varieties, on diverse sites stretching from the banks of the Russian River up onto the hillsides. Each grape variety is matched to a specific soil type and exposure. Vineyard Manager Mark Houser and Winemaker Kevin Hall work as a team to maximize fruit flavor in the vineyard and to create balanced wines that capture the grapes’ varietal characteristics. Hank Wetzel oversees the vineyard and winery operations, and his wife Linda continues to oversee administration. Now the third generation of Wetzels has joined the winery. Harry Wetzel, IV is assistant winemaker while younger brother Robert is the National Sales Manager. Alexander Valley Vineyards produces 100,000 cases annually, 17 varietal wines and proprietary blends. Seventy-five percent of AVV’s production is red wine. Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon constitute roughly half of total production. Other varietals include Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Gewurztraminer, Syrah, Sangiovese, Viognier, and Cabernet Franc. CYRUS, a limited production, proprietary red wine, named in honor of the pioneer Cyrus Alexander, is AVV’s benchmark, honoring the past while signaling the future. Hank Wetzel explains, "Cyrus is a statement, our ultimate achievement. With this wine, we express our history, tradition, and excellence". We invite you to visit our tasting room daily except major holidays. Tours are available by appointment. Tasting room hours: 10am–5pm Read less

Member Reviews for Alexander Valley Mercantile Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
5.00 5
12/03/2008

this went perfectly with a thin crust mushroom spinach pizza.


Snooth User: rob198
43896132
4.00 5
10/25/2009

A potent, full bodied cab franc! I was presented with 10 to taste at work today and this was by far my favorite. Just being opened on my first taste, it was extremely concentrated and reminiscent of a young Cab Sauv. After letting it sit a few hours, this thing is incredible! Loads of cherry with hints of spice. A definate caramel flavor. Very fruit forward, but balanced. Tannins are firm but not rigid. An absolute crowd pleaser. My Rating: 89/100 For the price: 96/100


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
2.50 5
03/17/2008

weird. astringent mouthfeel Lemon snapple finish. not the tastiest.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
2.50 5
05/03/2008

Tasted better in the tasting room. Didn't feel like it was in balance. Maybe the individual bottle that I had.


Snooth User: InWineTruth
2201061,634
3.50 5
12/10/2010

Opaque plum, with aromas of berry bramble, sweet wood and baking spices, flavors of boysenberries, black plums and black raspberries with spice. Good body and balance with a lingering finish. This is the best of this 2005 series.


Snooth User: BobbyC10
29161585
3.00 5
03/31/2008

Nice wine, flavorful fruit taste.


Snooth User: run34515
3044695
3.00 5
09/11/2007

Color: very bright medium-light red with fuchsia undertones Nose: Charcoal grilled steak, roasted tomatoes, lots of fresh cherries and wet rocks... and some black pepper Flavor Profile: Loads and loads of fruit, concord grapes, more cherries, white peppers, strawberries... also some fruit soda (artificial) fruit flavors. Decent mouthfeel... maybe a little flabby Finish: medium strength tannins and strong acid are overpowered by the alcohol. The wine is definitely a little unbalanced. Chocolate flavors linger.


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External Reviews for Alexander Valley Mercantile Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
04/30/2010

Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Viognier 2005 and all other premium wine from Alexander Valley Vineyards available at discounted prices at CheaperCigars.com. We also carry many other premium wine lables from USA and all over the world.


External Review
04/30/2010

Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zin Zinfandel 2005 and all other premium wine from Alexander Valley Vineyards available at discounted prices at CheaperCigars.com. We also carry many other premium wine lables from USA and all over the world.


External Review
09/23/2011

"The wine is then aged for two years in French oak followed by 8 months in the bottle. The Cabernet Sauvignon for the hails from three different vineyards


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesTemptation Zin is loaded with plum, cocoa and most prominently, Bing cherry character. The mouth feel is plush and the finish long. Temptation Zin is a perfect complement to what is now our trio of Zinfandels and its bottled with a screwcap. Twist and enjoy!


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe wine's characteristics are typical to our estate fruit with aromas of dark cherries, plums, licorice and earth. With further aeration the wine reveals complex sweet; layers of blackberry, herbs, cedar and tobacco. In the mouth, the wine is complex, full-bodied and finishes with long, ripe but firm tannins destined to support successful aging for 4-6 years.


External Review
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Silver Medal


External Review
03/20/2009

<h2>Description</h2> Temptation Zinfandel was born out of our twenty-five plus years making Sin Zin Zinfandel. First produced in 1978, with 100% Alexander Valley grapes, Sin Zin has developed a cult like following for its abundant raspberry fruit and freshly crushed black pepper character. In 2001 we launched Redemption Zinfandel, a 100% Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel that displays rich blackberry, blueberry and spice rack qualities that is a terrific counterpoint to Sin Zin. And yet, something was amiss... Sin leads to Redemption, and yet what leads to Sin? Temptation Zin was born.Gold Medal - 2008 Houston Rodeo Intl Wine Competition "Highly Recommended" - 88 Points - 2007 World Value Wine ChallengeSilver Medal - 2007 Hilton Head Wine Fest <h3>Wine Data</h3> <table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="label">Appellation</td> <td class="data">California</td></tr> <tr> <td class="label">Grape Varietal</td> <td class="data">92% Zinfandel, 8% Sangiovese</td></tr> <tr> <td class="label">Barrel Regimen</td> <td class="data">10 months in American Oak, 25% new</td></tr> <tr> <td class="label">Release Date</td> <td class="data">9/1/2006</td></tr> <tr> <td class="label">Alcohol (by volume)</td> <td class="data">14.5%</td></tr> <tr> <td class="label">pH</td> <td class="data">3.48</td></tr> <tr> <td class="label">Acid</td> <td class="data">6.7 g/L</td></tr></tbody></table> <h2>Winemaker's Comments</h2> A blend of 46% Dry Creek, 33% Alexander Valley grapes, and 21% Solano County grapes, the 2005 vintage of Temptation Zinfandel is loaded with plum, cocoa and most prominently, Bing cherry character. The mouth feel is plush and the finish long. Temptation Zin is a perfect complement to what is now our trio of Zinfandels.


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Creamy aromatics of understated dark-skinned fruit and berries mix with toasty oak and a hint of forest floor. Well-integrated flavors of dark-toned fruit—plum, cassis and boysenberry—mingle with cedar and mocha-laced oak notes. The additional barrel and bottle aging contribute to the wine’s the richness and depth, and the youthful acidity lends itself to endless food pairings and additional bottle aging. If you can keep from enjoying the wine now, it is a notable cellar candidate.

along with an undercurrent of eucalyptus and mint. The wine is already displaying a lot of concentration and depth, indicating it should keep getting better and better. Winery

262 cases produced.

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