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Alexander Valley Vineyards 2004

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DescriptionAnyone in search of a big, jammy Zinfandel needs to seek out a little Redemption. A perfect counterpoint to our famous Sin Zin, the 2004 Redemption Zin is all Zinfandel and all Dry Creek Valley. As a result, the wine delivers classic Dry Creek aromas of ripe blueberries and spice and flavors of blackberries, black cherries and black pepper.<br/><br/>This is a wine that seems tailor-made for barbecued ribs. While there's often debate about whether Zinfandels are really crafted for aging, Winemaker Kevin Hall says this is one that could easily cellar for 5 to 9 years.<br/><br/><strong>Silver Medal - 2007 San Diego International Wine Competition</strong><br/><!--%img_bottle%-->Wine DataAppellationDry Creek ValleyGrape VarietalZinfandel

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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

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Snooth User: InWineTruth
2201061,634
2.50 5
01/28/2011

Wetzel Estates AV Cabernet had good black plum color, aromas of black stone fruits, tobacco and spice and then carried the berry, black plum fruit in the glass with integrated tannins and a moderate finish.

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Black stone fruits

Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,280
3.00 5
04/19/2010

This was just opened when I tried it...... It was astringent and I think just needed some more time..... I think. Tasted at Geneva wine tasting 4/18/2010.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.00 5
06/02/2007

Fruity, very dry, very tannic merlot. Good fruit. Finish overly dry.


Snooth User: UponMidnight
104458150
3.50 5
12/08/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Alexander Valley Vineyards

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesSangiovese has a knack for absorbing oak during barrel aging. To compensate for that, we age our Sangiovese in neutral French oak to ensure the vibrant fruit flavors aren't overrun. On the nose, this wine displays aromas of cherry, strawberry and plum as well as tea and rose petals. The predominant flavors are red plum and spice. Drink now or cellar this wine for 5 to 8 years.


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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesIntense aromas of black cherry, plum, cassis and chocolate combine with rich concentrated fruit, spicy oak, and a velvety mouth feel. Firm tannins, beautiful balance and a long finish give testament to the opulence of this wine. Enjoyable now and yet age worthy for at least a decade.


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03/20/2009

<h2>Description</h2>Anyone in search of a big, jammy Zinfandel needs to seek out a little Redemption. A perfect counterpoint to our famous Sin Zin, the 2004 Redemption Zin is all Zinfandel and all Dry Creek Valley. As a result, the wine delivers classic Dry Creek aromas of ripe blueberries and spice and flavors of blackberries, black cherries and black pepper.This is a wine that seems tailor-made for barbecued ribs. While there's often debate about whether Zinfandels are really crafted for aging, Winemaker Kevin Hall says this is one that could easily cellar for 5 to 9 years.Silver Medal - 2007 San Diego International Wine Competition<h2 class="wine_data"> Wine Data</h2><table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="label">Appellation</td><td class="data">Dry Creek Valley</td></tr><tr><td class="label">Grape Varietal</td><td class="data">Zinfandel</td></tr></tbody></table>


External Review
04/30/2010

Alexander Valley Vineyards Alexander School Reserve Cabernet 2004 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

Estate Sangiovese is an easy-drinking red that offers up notes of strawberries and plums and even a subtle essence of tea leaves and rose petals.


External Review
07/20/2010

Description Anyone in search of a big, jammy Zinfandel needs to seek out a little Redemption. A perfect counterpoint to our famous Sin Zin, the 2004 Redemption Zin is all Zinfandel and all Dry Creek Valley. As a result, the wine delivers classic Dry Creek aromas of ripe blueberries and spice and flavors of blackberries, black cherries and black pepper. This is a wine that seems tailor-made for barbecued ribs. While there's often debate about whether Zinfandels are really crafted for aging, Winemaker Kevin Hall says this is one that could easily cellar for 5 to 9 years. Silver Medal - 2007 San Diego International Wine Competition Wine Data Appellation Dry Creek Valley Grape Varietal Zinfandel


External Review
04/30/2010

Alexander Valley Vineyards Zinfandel 3 Btl Temptation 05/Sin 04/Redemption 2004 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.


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The 2004 Alexander School Top of the Crop Syrah is 100 percent Syrah from hillside vineyards. Boysenberry and blackberry jam flavors dominate this inky-hued wine along with notes of violet, thyme and spice. The wine was aged in a combination of French and Hungarian oak with a third of the barrels new.

DescriptionAnyone in search of a big, jammy Zinfandel needs to seek out a little Redemption. A perfect counterpoint to our famous Sin Zin, the 2004 Redemption Zin is all Zinfandel and all Dry Creek Valley. As a result, the wine delivers classic Dry Creek aromas of ripe blueberries and spice and flavors of blackberries, black cherries and black pepper.<br/><br/>This is a wine that seems tailor-made for barbecued ribs. While there's often debate about whether Zinfandels are really crafted for aging, Winemaker Kevin Hall says this is one that could easily cellar for 5 to 9 years.<br/><br/><strong>Silver Medal - 2007 San Diego International Wine Competition</strong><br/><!--%img_bottle%-->Wine DataAppellationDry Creek ValleyGrape VarietalZinfandel

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