Wine Spectator Top 100 Wine - only Zinfandel on the 2023 list!
Alexander Valley Vineyards and the Wetzel family have a long history with Zinfandel. The legacy began with Sin Zin in 1978 when Hank produced our first vintage of Alexander Valley Zinfandel for friends and family. We followed up with Redemption featuring Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel in 2001 and in 2004 produced a completely different style of wine using a blend of our three favorite regions of Zinfandel for Temptation. We’ve loved all three over the decades, yet we’ve always had a soft spot for the elegant, jammy and spicy fruit flavors of Zinfandel from the Alexander Valley. This fourth release celebrates that style along with our classic Alexander Valley Vineyards label.
Although the weather was a bit cooler than usual early in the 2019 growing season, there were no unusual temperature swings during bud break or flowering. Moderate temperatures continued through the summer, allowing the grapes to mature gradually. After 2018's record setting crop size, 2019 swung back to an average yield. The wine was aged for 10 months in American oak barrels.
This wine has great color, with a dark purple and red hue. There are spicy, earthy aromas of black cherry, black pepper, plum, raspberry and a touch of citrus. The 2019 Zinfandel is a spicy wine with rich earthy flavors of black and red cherry, plum, boysenberry, black pepper, cranberry, apricot and a hint of chocolate. This is a Zinfandel to savor with hints of brown sugar and warm spices along with great balance and a nice clean finish.
2019: 92 points - James Suckling
2019: 92 points & Gold Medal - Beverage Testing Institute
2019: 91 points - Wine Spectator
2019: Top 100 Wine - Wine Spectator