2014 SIN ZIN
Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Zinfandel 100%

Alcohol:  14.7%

pH:  3.67

TA:  6.5 g/L

Size:  750ml

2014 SIN ZIN

Retail Price: $20.00

Spicy, jammy, seductive - Sin Zin is the original California classic!

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.

Label Artwork:

The Sin Zin label was one of the first whimsical labels approved by the ATF and at the time was considered rather risque'.  When tasting samples of the first vintage, the family wanted to find an image that matched the lush flavors.  Leafing through an old art history book, then Assistant Winemaker Dennis Hill came upon a captivating illustration, a seventeeth-century German etching, completed by Moritz von Schwind c. 1840 titled "Des Knabben Wunderhorn", meaning "The Horn of Plenty".  The image looked perfect for a wine label, and its bacchanalian character inspired Co-Owner Katie Wetzel Murphy to name our rich lush wine - Sin Zin.  The label was used on the first vintage in 1978 and the wine was given to friends and family.

Accolades:

2014:  93 points & Gold Medal - Sommelier Challenge
2014:  93 points & Gold Medal - Winemakers Challenge
2014:  90 points - Wine Enthusiast
2014:  Gold Medal - Hilton Head Wine & Food Competition
2014:  88 points - Wine Spectator