Alexander Valley Vineyards
Alexander Valley Vineyards encompasses the original property settled by Cyrus Alexander in the 19th century. In 1962, the Wetzel family bought this historic piece of land from Alexander’s descendents. They planted vineyards that extend from the valley floor into the eastern hills of the valley. The winery was completed in 1975.
The Wetzels make an outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon based blend in honor of Cyrus Alexander. They are also known for their famous “Sin Zin.” Additionally, their Merlot is a particularly good value.
Named after the valley’s first European settler, the Alexander Valley 1998 Cyrus is an exceptional, limited-production wine. Extremely well balanced, it has dark fruit flavors, smooth tannins and oaky notes.
The Alexander Valley 2002 Sin Zin is a great gift for a Zinfandel fan. The grapes are sourced from different vineyards throughout the Alexander Valley AVA and are blended with a bit of Sangiovese and Syrah. This results in an extremely complex wine that is unmistakably California Zinfandel.
The Alexander Valley 2001 Merlot is a deeply colored, age-worthy wine. The flavor profile is initially dominated by fruit, but it has sufficient acidity and tannins for support. The grapes come entirely from the Wetzel Family Estate.
The Wetzels currently live in the house that Cyrus Alexander constructed. The winery began making wine in 1975 by the couple’s son, Harry.