Temptation Zinfandel was born out of Alexander Valley Vineyard's twenty-five plus years making Sin Zin Zinfandel. First produced in 1978, with 100% Alexander Valley grapes, Sin Zin has developed a cult-like following for its abundant raspberry fruit and freshly crushed black pepper character. On the other hand, Redemption Zin, first made in 2001 from 100% Dry Creek Valley grapes, displays rich blackberry, blueberry and spice rack qualities that is a terrific counterpoint to Sin Zin. And yet, something was amiss - Sin leads to Redemption, and yet what leads to Sin? Temptation Zin was born. Temptation Zinfandel is loaded with Bing cherries, blackberries and cranberries along with notes of cloves and cinnamon.
In the glass there are aromas of dark fruits with plum & red cherry alongwith nuances of spice and vanilla. This plush zin is round and full withjammy ripe flavors of cherry, black plum, black pepper, frozen strawberryand a touch of dried orange peel.
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.