2014 REDEMPTION ZINFANDEL
Wine Data

Appellation:  Dry Creek Valley

Grape Varietal:  Zinfandel 100%

Alcohol:  16.1%

pH:  3.59

TA:  6.7 g/L

Size:  750ml

2014 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.

The 2014 growing season was very similar to 2013. The ongoing drought combined with a mild winter and spring caused an 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 moderate temperatures throughout the growing season and the grapes ripened evenly and reached peak maturity about two weeks earlier than in 2013.

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

Accolades:

2014:  95 points, Best of Class & Gold MedalNorth of Gate Wine Competition
2014:  94 points, Platinum Medal & Best ZinfandelSommelier Challenge
2014:  94 points & Platinum Medal Winemakers Challenge
2014:  91 points & Best Buy - Wine & Spirits (February 2019)
2014:  Double Gold Medal Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
2014:  Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2014:  Gold Medal - S.A.L.E International Wine Competition
2014:  88 points Wine Enthusiast & Wine Spectator