Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Zinfandel 100%

Alcohol:  17.5%

pH:  3.30

TA:   10.4g/L

Residual Sugar:   3.8g/L

Cases:  83 (12 btl)

Size:  375ml 


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Alexander Valley Vineyards and the Wetzel family have a long history with Zinfandel.

The legacy began in 1978 when we produced our first vintage of Sin Zin for friends and family.  Redemption followed in 2001 and Temptation in 2004. Over the years we talked about producing a late harvest dessert wine, but our late October rainfall often meant the grapes could not hang long enough on the vine to reach the high brix levels needed for dessert wine. California’s recent drought changed that.

The western drought continued in 2015 and was once again the topic of much discussion. A cool spring, rain at bloom and hot July weather, along with the continued effects from the lack of rain contributed to lower yields. As a result the grapes had terrific concentration and superb fruit flavors at harvest.

The grapes for the third vintage of Salvation Zinfandel were harvested from a tiny two-acre vineyard on the east side of Lytton Station Road.  The Whipp-Vandenberg Vineyard, also known as the SVWW block, was planted in 1981 and was purchased in 2000 by Wendy Whipp and Stewart Vandenberg.  AVV fans around the country will recognize the names, we consider Wendy and Stewart as members of the AVV family.

On the morning of September 19, friends and family hand-picked the low yielding site, selecting the ripest clusters to maintain the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity in the finished wine.  At the winery, the fruit was de-stemmed and fermented in half ton macrobins for quite a long time due to the high sugar level.  After a light pressing the wine was aged in two American oak barrels and racked every four months for the first year to soften the tannins.

This dark, rich late harvest Zinfandel has intense aromas of blackberry jam, spice and raspberry.  Intriguing flavors of chocolate, candied cherry, molasses, dried fruit, strong spice and blueberry fill the glass.  The finish is long and reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries.  This vintage is similar in style to the 2013 with a great balance of acidity and sweetness. Salvation can be enjoyed today or cellared for several years. It is limited in production and sells out quickly each year.


2014: Northern California & Best California Zinfandel - LUX Wine & Spirits