Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Zinfandel 100%

Alcohol:  14.6%

pH:  3.30

TA:   9.6g/L

Residual Sugar:   38 g/L

Cases:  100 (12 btl)

Size:  375ml 

Home Delivery Shipping Offer:  $1 per bottle + $1 order processing fee when you order a minimum of 2 bottles


Retail Price: $40.00

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.

2017 was a vintage of contrasts. Our ample rainfall in January and February allayed any talk of drought, but winter rains were followed by a warm spring and many heat spikes throughout the summer. Yields were slightly reduced, but the quality and flavor of the grapes were stellar.

The grapes for the fifth 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 27 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 three times, preserving the moderate tannins.

This dark, rich late harvest Zinfandel has intense port like aromas of blackberry jam, brown sugar, dried fruit, molasses, and dark chocolate. Spicy dark fruit flavors of candied cherry, blueberry, black cherry, and chocolate fill the glass. This rich and balanced wine is meant to be savored at the end of the day. It is limited in production and sells out quickly each year.     


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