This week I am reporting on another 90 point wine that sells for less than $20.00 at City-Wide Liquor on Jefferson Street in downtown South Bend, Indiana. City-Wide’s Jefferson Street store and its Grape Road store in Mishawaka both have large wine departments for your browsing pleasure. The staffs are well versed on wines and can be of great assistance in answering your questions and directing you with your wine selections.
Alexander Valley Vineyards
The 2012 Sin Zin Zinfandel is produced by Alexander Valley Vineyards, a California producer based in Alexander Valley. The vineyard was founded in 1962 by Harry and Maggie Wetzel. The first Sin Zin Zinfandel vintage was produced in 1978. Today the Wetzel Family Estate comprises more than 100 acres producing primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Merlot.
Alexander Valley is one of California’s bigger and better known wine districts located in the north-eastern corner of Sonoma County. The Valley is approximately 20 miles long and runs along the Russian River with some 15,000 vineyard acres and 42 wineries. Notable wineries include Alexander Valley Vineyards, Jordan Vineyard and Winery, White Oak Winery, Geyser Peak Winery and Francis Ford Coppola Winery, to name just a few.
Zinfandel, or “Zin” as it is known in the U.S., is a dark-skinned red grape. In the states it is widely grown in California, partially in the Napa and Sonoma areas, where it arrived from Europe in the early 19th century.
You’ll find Zinfandel is lighter in color than Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot It is also a light-bodied red wine…much like a Pinot Noir. However, Zin’s moderate tannins and high acidity can make it taste very bold. It can be a very fruity wine with higher alcohol levels and often tends to be spicy.
Zinfandel typically wouldn’t pair well with big steaks, but is excellent with BBQ, pizza, some hard and soft cheeses and is perfect with most smoked foods.
The 2012 Alexander Valley Vineyards “Sin Zin”
Out of the bottle the nose was a bit soft. After some time in the glass it came around with hints of dark fruit and spice. I don’t feel the wine ever got very aromatic.
On the palate it showed black fruits and some vanilla. It seemed to be a medium-bodied wine with nice acidity and length to the finish.
The Sin Zin is 100% Zinfandel. Wine & Spirits magazine rated this wine at 92 points. I purchased it for $16.99 (plus tax). It’s worth trying.
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