Alexander Valley Vineyards Redemption Zinfandel 2016, Dry Creek Valley, California

“Our 16th vintage of Redemption Zinfandel is a classic with the big rich flavors of Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. We harvest from two sites on the eastern side of Dry Creek Valley. Sixty-seven percent of the grapes were harvested from a hillside vineyard on Dry Creek Road with red rocky soil. This location produces smaller berries with higher acidity and dark fruit flavors of blackberry and blueberry. The remaining grapes were harvested from a valley floor vineyard on West Dry Creek Road where the gravelly loam soil produces fruit with pronounced jammy flavors of black cherry, plum and black pepper. After harvest the fruit was cold-soaked for 24 hours, then individual lots were inoculated with different yeasts to achieve complexity in the glass. Twice daily pumpovers followed to extract color, structure and flavor. The wine was barrel aged for 14 months to allow the tannins to soften and the blend of the different lots to harmonize. This dark purple wine has spicy aromas of dark fruits, dark chocolate, black pepper, oak and vanilla. There are spicy flavors of black pepper, dark red and black fruit flavors of blueberry and black cherry along with chocolate. Kevin Hall says: “This is a big, rich wine with mouth filling texture and a long finish”. 100% Zinfandel.