2013 REDEMPTION ZINFANDEL
Wine Data

Appellation:  Dry Creek Valley

Grape Varietal:  Zinfandel 100%

Alcohol:  14.8%

pH:  3.42

TA:  7.4 g/L

Size:  750ml

2013 REDEMPTION ZINFANDEL

Retail Price: $22.00

Briary, brambley dark fruit, loads of structure - classic Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel!

Since 2001 Alexander Valley Vineyards has produced Redemption Zinfandel.  This dark concentrated wine showcases Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley.  Today, winemaker Kevin Hall harvests from two sites on the eastern side of the Dry Creek Valley.  The majority of the grapes were harvested from a valley floor vineyard on West Dry Creek Road where the gravelly loam soil produces fruit with pronounced jammy flavors of black cherry, plum and black pepper.  The balance were harvested from a hillside vineyard on Dry Creek Road with red rocky soil.  This location produces smaller berries with higher acidity and dark fruit flavors of blackberry and blueberry.

At the winery, the fruit was cold-soaked for 24 hours, then individual lots were inoculated with different yeasts to achieve more complexity in the glass.  Twice daily pumpovers followed to extract color, structure and flavor. The wine was barrel aged for 14 months to allow the tannins to soften and the blend of the different lots to harmonize.

2013 was another outstanding vintage, with an almost perfect growing season, great yields and superb fruit flavors.  The warm winter and spring resulted in uniform ripening and excellent quality in the grapes.  Overall, there were fewer hot and cold spikes than recent vintages, the sugar levels were able to develop evenly and flavors developed more quickly.  The overall effect was great flavor development and well balanced wines.

This is a dark purple wine with aromas of blackberry, blueberry, plum dark chocolate, black pepper, oak and vanilla. There are spicy flavors of black pepper, blueberry, black cherry and chocolate.  Kevin Hall says: “there is mouth filling texture with a long finish on this big wine”.

Accolades:

2013:  94 points & Gold MedalSommelier Challenge
2013:  Double Gold MedalSan Francisco International Wine Competition
2013:  Double Gold MedalHLSR International Wine Competition
2013:  Gold MedalSonoma Harvest Fair
2013:  Gold MedalNW Food & Wine Festival
2013:  92 pointsNatalie MacLean “classic and ageable”
2013:  88 pointsDecanter World Wine Awards
2013:  88 pointsWine Spectator “jammy & loaded with pepper accents”
2013:  88 pointsCalifornia State Fair