Wine Maker Notes
There are aromas of raspberry, plum, black cherry, and a touch of citrus. Flavors ofplum, black cherry, black pepper, spice and pomegranate fill the glass.
Alexander Valley was mostly prune orchards and pastures when, in 1962, Maggie and Harry Wetzel purchased a large portion of a homestead built by Cyrus Alexander, the valley’s nineteenth century namesake. Here, in a rural community of family farms and ranches, the Wetzel family settled. They raised livestock, cultivated bountiful gardens and restored Alexander’s original home, making it the center of family life. With an eye to their neighbors in nearby Napa Valley, the Wetzels boldly planted premium grape varieties, among the first in the area. Then the family built a small winery.
Hank Wetzel, oldest son of Maggie and Harry, produced Alexander Valley Vineyard’s first wine in 1975. His wife Linda set up the books and managed the winery office. AVV quickly established a reputation for estate grown wines with distinctive varietal character. Acclaimed for crisp Chardonnay and luscious Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley Vineyards brought recognition to the appellation and became a leading winery in Sonoma County.
2009 was a cooler vintage with fewer heat spikes than in the past few years,\r\nallowing for uniform ripening in the Alexander Valley which led to wines with good\r\nstructure, balance and complexity. Overall, the vintage is more elegant than in\r\nmany recent years. Kevin blended in a small amount of Petite Sirah to broaden the\r\nmouthfeel on the wine and add a little more dark fruit to the palate.