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Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 1997

Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    This wine displays very deep blackish purple color, and is intensely aromatic. Distinctive blackberry and plum-like fruit abound, with nuances of vanilla and cedar. On the palate this wine is imbued with a solid core of bright, juicy Merlot fruit. The plummy fruit is round and mouth-filling, finishing slightly spicy with firm tannins. Great depth and length will give this wine a cellar life of 10 - 12 years.

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    Alexander Valley Vineyards

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    Alexander Valley Vineyards, Sonoma County, California
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    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.

    PBC1207646 Item# 1713