Alexander Valley Vineyards
Alexander Valley Vineyards is located on Highway 128 in northern Sonoma County, 75 miles north of San Francisco, 6 miles from the sleepy town of Healdsburg and 16 miles from Calistoga in the Napa Valley. 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.
Alexander Valley Vineyards Chardonnay
Alexander Valley Vineyards Winemaker Kevin Hall's goal is to produce a Chardonnay that maintains the crisp flavors of the fruit and so he uses a lighter hand during winemaking. Cooler vineyard sites including several along the Russian River provided the fruit for the Estate Chardonnay. To preserve the vibrant flavors, most of the fruit was fermented in stainless steel. Enjoy this wine with creamy cheeses, shellfish like bay scallops or crab or chicken roasted with herbs.
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Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot
The growing season started out cool and wet and there was about a week of blistering temperatures in the summer. Yet more temperate conditions returned just in time for harvest, allowing the fruit to ripen evenly and develop some deep color.
The long growing season delivered a beautiful Merlot showing aromas of black cherry. plum and pie spices like nutmet and clove. In the glass, the wine opens up to reveal flavors of plum, vanilla, cherry and a touch of cranberry.
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Alexander Valley Vineyards Syrah
One of the world's most diverse and successful grape varieties, Syrah wines can display myriad dark-fruit flavors. Outgoing aromas are a bright, forward, moderately rich mix of boysenberry and white pepper with hints of stones and minerals. It is supple in its early palatal impressions and firmer with being hard or the least bit abrasive towards the back.
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