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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Zinfandel 2005
Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Zinfandel 2005
(search item no. 89227)

PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $18.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sin Zin is pure Alexander Valley. For over 25 years, Sin Zin has been comprised of Alexander Valley grapes and helped define the valley's typical Zinfandel profile.

The color is deep ruby. Bing cherry and plum dominate the bouquet, followed by aromas of crushed black pepper, boysenberry and wild strawberry. Eucalyptus, cedar and cola fill the palate. The wine finishes with subtle oak nuances and integrated acid balance. This is a medium bodied wine with a cellar life of 5-8 years.

Food pairings: Sin Zin is extremely versatile, perhaps even more so than Pinot Noir, since it holds up to spicy and boldly flavored foods. It's the perfect match for casual Italian including pizza, pasta and lasagna. It also works great with sweet and saucy BBQ Ribs and anything off the grill. For the perfect pairing try it with a black pepper crusted steak.

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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.