" Light and late are the two words most often used to describe the 2011 vintage. A wet winter and spring delayed bloom, then heavy rain at bloom hindered the fruit set decreasing the grape yields dramatically. A cool summer prolonged the growing season and harvest started later than usual. The overall effect was great flavor development at lower than normal sugar levels resulting in balanced wines at lower alcohol levels.
After fermentation the wine was barrel aged for 14 months in a combination of 25% new French and American oak. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon has a soft, silky tannin structure with a delicate mouthfeel. To balance those soft, silky tannins, Winemaker Kevin Hall added 8% Merlot for structure, as well as 1% each Malbec and Petit Verdot for color and 1% Cabernet Franc for a floral quality." ~Winery Notes
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Alexander Valley Vineyards is owned and operated by the Harry Wetzel family. Founded in 1975, it is located on Cyrus Alexander's old homestead.
The Wetzel Family Estate now grows fourteen grape varieties, on diverse sites stretching from the banks of the Russian River up onto the hillsides. Each grape variety is matched to a specific soil type and exposure. 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. Harry Wetzel, IV is assistant winemaker while younger brother Robert is the National Sales Manager.