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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
In 1978 Hank Wetzel produced the very first vintage of Sin Zin. The wine was an
immediate hit with spicy, jammy, elegant fruit flavors and an unforgettable label.
Thirty two years later, Sin Zin is one of the most recognizable wines in the country.
From the beginning Sin Zin has been a more elegant style of Zinfandel due to both
the region and winemaking style. We harvest the grapes from throughout the
Alexander Valley - including the valley floor, hillsides and benchlands to get a wide
range of complex red fruit flavors in the glass. Since 1999 winemaker Kevin Hall
has carried on the tradition looking for a balance of ripeness and acidity in each lot
to showcase the elegance of the region. This balance explains Sin Zin's restaurant
popularity; it is always a food friendly style of Zinfandel.
2009 was a cooler vintage with fewer heat spikes than in the past few years,
allowing for uniform ripening in the Alexander Valley which led to wines with good
structure, balance and complexity. Overall, the vintage is more elegant than in
many recent years. Kevin blended in a small amount of Petite Sirah to broaden the
mouthfeel on the wine and add a little more dark fruit to the palate.
There are aromas of raspberry, plum, black cherry, and a touch of citrus. Flavors of
plum, black cherry, black pepper, spice and pomegranate fill the glass. Sin Zin has
been a true American original for three decades, the 2009 continues the legacy.
Alexander Valley Vineyards is owned and operated by the Harry Wetzel family. Founded in 1975, it is located on Cyrus Alexander's old homestead.
The Wetzel Family Estate now grows fourteen grape varieties, on diverse sites stretching from the banks of the Russian River up onto the hillsides. Each grape variety is matched to a specific soil type and exposure. Vineyard Manager...Read More About Alexander Valley Vineyards
Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...Read More About Sonoma County
Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America
(Croatia has been named its origin),
it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California.
During Prohibition, many
Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...Read More About Zinfandel
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