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Alexander Valley Vineyards

Alexander Valley Vineyards Welcome to our family-owned wine estate, once the original homestead of Cyrus Alexander, the namesake of this prominent viticultural appellation, Alexander Valley. We purchased the land from the Alexander's heirs in 1962, planted vineyards, and in 1975 built our winery. Here we grow grapes and produce delicious wines that compliment food and enrich your dining experience. Alexander Valley Vineyards is located on Highway 128 in northern Sonoma County, just 75 miles north of San Francisco, 6 miles from the sleepy town of Healdsburg and 16 miles from Calistoga in the Napa Valley. Visit our historic property, taste our award-winning wines, bring a picnic and enjoy beautiful vistas of our peaceful, rural valley. Our winery tasting room is open daily, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

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8644 Highway 128, Healdsburg, CA, US, 95448 Email: avv@avvwine.com
Phone: 800-888-7209 Web: www.avvwine.com
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  2001 Pinot Noir
Bright ruby color. Blackberries and wild strawberries are the dominant aromas along with faint aromas of clove, cocoa, and vanilla. On the palate, flavors of fresh plum and black cherry are framed with a supple mouthfeel and light tannins. The abundance of fruit is balanced by the pleasant French oak influence. The combination of soft tannins and intense fruit provides a finished mouth-feel that is delicate and velvety. Serve with roasted leg of lamb or pork tenderloin with cherry sauce. Cellar Life: 5-7 years. Numerous Gold Medal Winner!
  2002 Estate Cabernet Franc
Deep ruby red with a youthful purple hue. Initially, there is a lifted cedary, toasty character, which is followed by a core of fruits. These include abundant blueberries, boysenberries and dark plums. Slight hints of varietal earthiness and black olives provide additional complexity to this already intensely aromatic wine. A medium bodied wine, with a lovely rich texture of cherries, chocolate and mocha flavor. Complimenting the above is an integrated oak treatment providing nuances of toast, vanillin and nutmeg. The finish is appealingly long and elegant with approachable tannins.
  2002 Wine Club Blend
50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is based on the winning blend created by Wine Club Members at the 2003 Wine Club Spring Bash. The color is dark garnet with a purple tinge. Initial aromas of plum and cassis lead into notes of eucalyptus and cedar. The wine enters with flavors of black cherry and blackberry. Slight hints of varietal earthiness and black olives provide additional complexity to this already intensely aromatic wine. The finish is appeallingly long and elegant with approachable tannins.
  Cabernet Sauvignon
Our benchmark wine just got three stars from The Press Democrat which calls it "a juicy Cab with a round texture." Aromas of black cherries, cassis, plum & cedar dominate the nose, along with a hint of anise. The fruit from each Wetzel Estate Vineyard was vinified and treated differently. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grapes for this blend were picked at the peak of ripeness and have excellent natural acidity. Medium to full-bodied, this Cabernet displays abundant cherry and currant fruit on the palate and a velvety mouth feel. Supple and polished throughout, it finishes with firm tannins. As with previous vintages, this wine is drinkable now yet will age for 10-15 years.
  Chardonnay
This bright flavorful wine was produced from six individual blocks of Chardonnay. Stainless Steel and barrel fermentation with multiple yeast strains, French oak barrel aging on the yeast lees, and partial secondary or malolactic fermentation all combine to present a flavorful and complex wine. Aromas of mandarin orange, pineapple and a hint of lemon combine with rich apple and pear flavors. The wine finishes with great flavor and length.
  Cyrus
The latest release of our proprietary Bordeaux-style blend is a lot like the man for whom the wine is named: it's bold, generous, instantly exhibiting qualities that reveal it's destined to become remarkable.
  Cyrus
The 2000 CYRUS represents our sixth vintage of this now nationally acclaimed wine. Composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot, this latest rendition of CYRUS exploits the nearly perfect growing conditions of the renowned Alexander Valley. The tremendous amount of fruit flavors, including black cherry, plum and cassis are matched perfectly with a like amount of spicy oak. The velvety mouth-feel is similarly complemented by firm yet not unyeilding tannins. Aged both in American and French oak for twenty-four months and twelve months in the bottle prior to release, this wine is at once enjoyable and age-worthy for at least a decade. Numerous Gold Medal Winner!
  Cyrus
Cyrus Alexander was a nineteenth-century adventurer, rancher, gold miner, community leader and since 1995, the namesake of our limited production, handcrafted, proprietary red wine. The 1999 Cyrus represents our fifth vintage of this now nationally acclaimed wine. Composed of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, this latest rendition of CYRUS exploits the nearly perfect growing conditions of the renowned Alexander Valley and captures what Winemaker Kevin Hall considers paramount in a wine: balance. The tremendous amount of fruit flavors, including black cherry, plum and cassis are matched perfectly with a like amount of spicy oak. The velvety mouth-feel is similarly complemented by firm yet not unyeilding tannins. Aged both in American and French oak for twenty-four months and twelve months in the bottle prior to release, this wine is at once enjoyable and age-worthy for at least a decade. Numerous Gold Medal Winner!
  Cyrus
Cyrus is our limited production, handcrafted, proprietary red wine from the Wetzel Family Estate. Displaying rich, concentrated fruit, spicy oak, a velvety mouth feel, and a lasting finish, the 1998 Cyrus is a testament to estate grown Alexander Valley grapes and fine winemaking. This wine displays intense aromas of black cherry, plum, cassis and chocolate. Firm tannins and a long finish balance the full mouth feel.
  Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
The color is dark ruby red. Aromas of black cherries, cassis, plum & cedar dominate the nose, along with a hint of anise. The fruit from each Wetzel Estate Vineyard was vinified and treated differently. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grapes for this blend were picked at the peak of ripeness and have excellent natural acidity. The use of selected Bordeaux yeast strains, high fermentation temperatures and frequent (twice daily) pump-overs made highly extracted wines with intense Bordeaux aromas and flavors yet soft well integrated tannins.
  Estate Merlot
The color is dark ruby red. Aromas of blackberry and cassis fill the glass with nuances of vanilla and cedar. On the palate this wine is deeply flavored with a hefty core of fruit. Black and red fruits appear initially, followed by an integrated acid balance and velvety tannins. Great depth and length provides a cellar life of 10-12 years.
  Estate Pinot Noir
Long, warm summer days and cool evenings during grape maturation along with low yields in our vineyards situated on the Alexander Valley Vineyards property right on the Russian River has unquestionably produced a Pinot Noir which is abundant in the classic Pinot aromas and flavors. Cold soaking, two pump overs a day during fermentation, plus the use of the two different yeast strains enhanced the aroma and flavor. Gold Medal - 2004 San Diego Wine Competition. Gold Medal - 2004 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
  Merlot
The color of the 2004 Wetzel Family Estate Merlot is dark ruby red. Aromas of blackberry and cassis fill the glass with nuances of vanilla and cedar. On the palate this wine is deeply flavored with a hefty core of fruit. Black and red fruits appear initially, followed by an integrated acid balance and velvety tannins. Great depth and length provides a cellar life of 10-12 years.
  New Gewurz
The First Wine of the Vintage! A white counterpart to Nouveau Beaujolais. New Gewürz accentuates the inherent, unique characteristics of the Gewürztraminer grape. To capture and enhance the lively, spicy character of this varietal, we cold-ferment the chilled juice then immediately bottle the wine. New Gewürz is the perfect holiday aperitif and mealtime complement.
  Redemption Zin
Redemption Zinfandel is from the Dry Creek Appellation and displays the classic aromas of ripe blueberries and spice. Blackberries fill the palate supported with a black pepper backbone. The wine finishes with oak nuances and integrated acid balance. This is a medium bodied wine with deep ruby color and a projected cellar life of 5-9 years.
  Sangiovese
Aromas of sour cherry and plum dominate with overtones of tea leaves and dried rose petals. On the palate, flavors of red plum and spice are framed with a supple mouthfeel and medium tannins. This spicy and fruity wine is a perfect accompaniment to any California/Italian cuisine.
  Schoolhouse Top of the Crop Rhone Blend
The premier offering in our new Top of the Crop program is a very limited production wine that showcases the lush fruit of the Rhone varietals we grow on our estate. There's a lot of texture and purity in this bottle. The wine, produced from very low-yielding vineyards, is a third Grenache and a third Cinsault, which contribute silkiness and a bit of earthiness. There's also a generous amount of Mourvedre here for depth and a bit of Syrah for structure.
  SinZin
Varietally distinct, this Zinfandel captures the true essence of Alexander Valley. The fruit is sourced from a variety of vineyards with differing microclimates. This provides winemaker Kevin Hall with an array of unique parcels of fruit. Once vinified, these parcels are blended together and then allowed to mature in French and American oak for 10 months.
  Syrah
Rich, ripe and smooth, the 2003 Wetzel Estate Syrah is prime example of the excellence of both the region for growing magnificant Syrah and Kevin Hall's skills in producing powerful but balanced wines.
  Temptation Zin
Temptation Zinfandel was born out of our 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. In 2001 we launched Redemption Zinfandel, a 100% Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel that 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.
  Two Barrel
This release of Two Barrel is 50% Syrah and 50% Merlot. The Syrah lends aromas of blueberry, violets and earth to this well-structured blend, while Merlot contributes black cherry and cassis to the mid-palate; soft tannins and flavors of plum, oak and chocolate round out the finish. The grapes for this unique blend are harvested from our winemaker’s selection of vineyards, crushed, fermented and aged separately, then blended after fourteen months in French and American oak barrels. Gold Medal - 2006 Houston Rodeo Wine Competition
  Two Barrel
This Third release of Two Barrel is 50% Syrah and 50% Merlot. The Syrah lends aromas of blueberry, violets and earth to this well-structured blend, while Merlot contributes black cherry and cassis to the mid-palate; soft tannins and flavors of plum, oak and chocolate round out the finish. The grapes for this unique blend are harvested from our winemaker’s selection of vineyards, crushed, fermented and aged separately, then blended after fourteen months in French and American oak barrels.
  Viognier
Brimming with aromas of peach, apricot and honeysuckle, and loaded with lush flavors of pear, honey and vanilla. AVV Viognier has a rich, viscous mouthfeel that envelops the palate in its flavors. This wine is excellent as an apertif or served with shellfish or Asian influenced cuisine.

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