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Date Printed: 11/23/2014
Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2005
Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2005
(search item no. 92207)

PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

In some quarters and in some vintages, Merlot may be considered the less able rival of Cabernet Sauvignon. Alexnder Valley Vineyards' 2005 Estate Merlot, however, easily gives their Cabernet a run for its money, shattering the notion anyone might have that Merlot is somehow a wimpy wine. In fact, Winemaker Kevin Hall calls the 2005 a Merlot that thinks it's a Cab.

There's a lot of concentration and depth here as well as amazing structure. The great 2005 vintage delivered such good fruit that no other varietal other than Merlot was necessary to round out the blend. There are aromas of blackberry and cassis along with an undertone of vanilla. On the palate, the richness and hefty core of fruit shine along with the velvety tannins.

While Merlot's popularity can be attributed to its easygoing style, some credit may also lie in the fact that it's the perfect food wine, bold without being intrusive. As a result, this wine makes an excellent companion for a range of foods, from veal chops to beef stew to pizza.

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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.