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Date Printed: 10/30/2014
Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2010
Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 115725)
The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $15.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

There are aromas of apple, pear, slight pineapple, citrus and spun sugar. In the glass the flavors of apple, pear, citrus, cotton candy are balanced by a touch of slight oak on the finish. This wine is spicy, yet fruity with crisp mouth feel and a long aftertaste.

The bright acidity cuts thru rich dishes of scallop, lobster or pasta with cream sauces. Yet, that same acidity complements any citrus based sauce like a lemon browned butter sauce over pan roasted chicken.

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About Alexander Valley Vineyards:

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 Mark Houser and Winemaker Kevin Hall work as a team to maximize fruit flavor in the vineyard and to create balanced wines that capture the grapes’ varietal characteristics. Hank Wetzel oversees the vineyard and winery operations, and his wife Linda continues to oversee administration. Now the third generation of Wetzels has joined the winery. Harry Wetzel, IV is assistant winemaker while younger brother Robert is the National Sales Manager.

Alexander Valley Vineyards produces 100,000 cases annually, 17 varietal wines and proprietary blends. Seventy-five percent of AVV’s production is red wine. Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon constitute roughly half of total production. Other varietals include Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Gewurztraminer, Syrah, Sangiovese, Viognier, and Cabernet Franc.