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"Every time we release another 2007 wine, we are amazed at what a truly great vintage it was. If you are looking for more evidence, just uncork a bottle of the 2007 Estate Syrah. This surprisingly soft and elegant Syrah dazzles with generous flavors of blackberry jam, black cherry and vanilla.
Winemaker Kevin Hall's MO has always been to produce wines in what might be called an Old World style and that is true with this 2007 offering. The wine has many of the traits of a great Rhone, albeit with an Alexander Valley imprint. In true Old World fashion, Kevin blended some Viognier and Grenache into the wine. The Grenache, from 85-year-old vines, added some breadth, particularly notes of wild strawberries. The Viognier brightend the color while contributing a beautiful floral element to the wine. The wine then underwent extensive aging in French oak barrels."
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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.