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We Speak Wine USD 16.49 750ml

Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Alexander Valley 2014

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2014 Sin Zin: This vintage marks 37 years of Sin Zin at Alexander Valley Vineyards. Our first vintage in 1978 was given out to family and friends, quickly attaining cult status among those lucky enough to receive a few bottles. Everyone loved the spicy flavors, memorable name and risqué label. The wine was so popular, that in 1980 we offered a few cases for sale and Sin Zin quickly became a cult classic. Sin Zin is an elegant style of Zinfandel, due to our growing region and winemaking style. We harvest grapes from throughout the Alexander Valley - including the valley floor, hillsides and benchlands looking for a balance of ripeness and acidity in each lot to showcase our valley. This balance explains Sin Zin’s restaurant popularity; it is always a food friendly style of Zinfandel. The unprecedented drought in California was national news and everyone seemed to talk about our weather with dire predictions for much of the year. A mild winter and spring caused early bud break, but the overall length of the growing season was similar to past years. The lack of rain did not impact our fruit due to moderated temperatures throughout the growing season and the grapes had terrific concentration and superb fruit flavors. Harvest started 17 days earlier than in 2013 and the grapes had terrific concentration and superb fruit flavors. The 2014 is a richer style with good balance, chewy texture, and nice acidity. There are aromas of dusty cherry, black pepper, plum, oak, and vanilla. This chewy, well balanced Zinfandel has spicy flavors of black cherry, plum and black pepper. Food Pairing: Zinfandel is versatile, it works as well with casual foods - pepperoni pizza, burgers, pulled pork, ribs, as well as roasted poultry, lamb or grilled meats. We suggest a grilled pork skewer with a spicy dipping sauce. Barrel regimen: Aged for 10 months in American oak Alcohol: 14.7% TA: 6.5 g/L pH: 3.67

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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

External Reviews for Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Alexander Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/10/2018

2014 Sin Zin: This vintage marks 37 years of Sin Zin at Alexander Valley Vineyards. Our first vintage in 1978 was given out to family and friends, quickly attaining cult status among those lucky enough to receive a few bottles. Everyone loved the spicy flavors, memorable name and risqué label. The wine was so popular, that in 1980 we offered a few cases for sale and Sin Zin quickly became a cult classic. Sin Zin is an elegant style of Zinfandel, due to our growing region and winemaking style. We harvest grapes from throughout the Alexander Valley - including the valley floor, hillsides and benchlands looking for a balance of ripeness and acidity in each lot to showcase our valley. This balance explains Sin Zin’s restaurant popularity; it is always a food friendly style of Zinfandel. The unprecedented drought in California was national news and everyone seemed to talk about our weather with dire predictions for much of the year. A mild winter and spring caused early bud break, but the overall length of the growing season was similar to past years. The lack of rain did not impact our fruit due to moderated temperatures throughout the growing season and the grapes had terrific concentration and superb fruit flavors. Harvest started 17 days earlier than in 2013 and the grapes had terrific concentration and superb fruit flavors. The 2014 is a richer style with good balance, chewy texture, and nice acidity. There are aromas of dusty cherry, black pepper, plum, oak, and vanilla. This chewy, well balanced Zinfandel has spicy flavors of black cherry, plum and black pepper. Food Pairing: Zinfandel is versatile, it works as well with casual foods - pepperoni pizza, burgers, pulled pork, ribs, as well as roasted poultry, lamb or grilled meats. We suggest a grilled pork skewer with a spicy dipping sauce. Barrel regimen: Aged for 10 months in American oak Alcohol: 14.7% TA: 6.5 g/L pH: 3.67


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 04/11/2018

2012 marks 35 years of Sin Zin at Alexander Valley Vineyards. Our first vintage in 1978 was a family wine, which we bottled and shared with family and friends. Everyone loved the spicy flavors, memorable name and risqué label. The wine was so popular, that in 1980 we offered a few cases for sale and Sin Zin quickly became a cult classic. Sin Zin has impressed wine lovers and critics across the country for over three decades, so we’re celebrating with a return to our original label style on the 750ml bottles. Sin Zin is an elegant style of Zinfandel, due to our growing region and winemaking style. We harvest grapes from throughout the Alexander Valley - including the valley floor, hillsides and benchlands looking for a balance of ripeness and acidity in each lot to showcase our valley. This balance explains Sin Zin’s restaurant popularity; it is always a food friendly style of Zinfandel. 2012 was a great growing season in Northern California with more heat accumulation days than recent vintages. Moderate temperatures at bloom resulted in greater fruit set than 2011. Consistent mild to warm days without serious heat spikes during early ripening produced heavier clusters and cluster thinning occurred several times in many blocks. The favorable weather allowed our Zinfandel grapes to reach optimal flavor development. The 2012 is 100% Zinfandel with aromas of spice, black pepper, dark fruits and vanilla. This refined, well balanced Zinfandel has spicy flavors of plum and black cherry along with black pepper and cocoa powder. There is nice acidity and length to the finish. Food Pairing: Zinfandel is versatile, it works as well with casual foods - pepperoni pizza, burgers, pulled pork, ribs, as well as roasted poultry, lamb or grilled meats. We suggest a grilled pork skewer with a spicy dipping sauce. Barrel regimen: Aged for 10 months in American oak Alcohol: 14.7% TA: 6.2 g/L pH: 3.77 ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 04/18/2017

2012 marks 35 years of Sin Zin at Alexander Valley Vineyards. Our first vintage in 1978 was a family wine, which we bottled and shared with family and friends. Everyone loved the spicy flavors, memorable name and risqué label. The wine was so popular, that in 1980 we offered a few cases for sale and Sin Zin quickly became a cult classic. Sin Zin has impressed wine lovers and critics across the country for over three decades, so we’re celebrating with a return to our original label style on the 750ml bottles. Sin Zin is an elegant style of Zinfandel, due to our growing region and winemaking style. We harvest grapes from throughout the Alexander Valley - including the valley floor, hillsides and benchlands looking for a balance of ripeness and acidity in each lot to showcase our valley. This balance explains Sin Zin’s restaurant popularity; it is always a food friendly style of Zinfandel. 2012 was a great growing season in Northern California with more heat accumulation days than recent vintages. Moderate temperatures at bloom resulted in greater fruit set than 2011. Consistent mild to warm days without serious heat spikes during early ripening produced heavier clusters and cluster thinning occurred several times in many blocks. The favorable weather allowed our Zinfandel grapes to reach optimal flavor development. The 2012 is 100% Zinfandel with aromas of spice, black pepper, dark fruits and vanilla. This refined, well balanced Zinfandel has spicy flavors of plum and black cherry along with black pepper and cocoa powder. There is nice acidity and length to the finish. Food Pairing: Zinfandel is versatile, it works as well with casual foods - pepperoni pizza, burgers, pulled pork, ribs, as well as roasted poultry, lamb or grilled meats. We suggest a grilled pork skewer with a spicy dipping sauce. Barrel regimen: Aged for 10 months in American oak Alcohol: 14.7% TA: 6.2 g/L pH: 3.77 ** Only 8 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 10/01/2015

2012 marks 35 years of Sin Zin at Alexander Valley Vineyards. Our first vintage in 1978 was a family wine, which we bottled and shared with family and friends. Everyone loved the spicy flavors, memorable name and risqué label. The wine was so popular, that in 1980 we offered a few cases for sale and Sin Zin quickly became a cult classic. Sin Zin has impressed wine lovers and critics across the country for over three decades, so we’re celebrating with a return to our original label style on the 750ml bottles. Sin Zin is an elegant style of Zinfandel, due to our growing region and winemaking style. We harvest grapes from throughout the Alexander Valley - including the valley floor, hillsides and benchlands looking for a balance of ripeness and acidity in each lot to showcase our valley. This balance explains Sin Zin’s restaurant popularity; it is always a food friendly style of Zinfandel. 2012 was a great growing season in Northern California with more heat accumulation days than recent vintages. Moderate temperatures at bloom resulted in greater fruit set than 2011. Consistent mild to warm days without serious heat spikes during early ripening produced heavier clusters and cluster thinning occurred several times in many blocks. The favorable weather allowed our Zinfandel grapes to reach optimal flavor development. The 2012 is 100% Zinfandel with aromas of spice, black pepper, dark fruits and vanilla. This refined, well balanced Zinfandel has spicy flavors of plum and black cherry along with black pepper and cocoa powder. There is nice acidity and length to the finish. Food Pairing: Zinfandel is versatile, it works as well with casual foods - pepperoni pizza, burgers, pulled pork, ribs, as well as roasted poultry, lamb or grilled meats. We suggest a grilled pork skewer with a spicy dipping sauce. Barrel regimen: Aged for 10 months in American oak Alcohol: 14.7% TA: 6.2 g/L pH: 3.77



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