Double Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
92 Insider Points
The 2014 Homestead Red from Alexander Valley Vineyards is a seriously fun wine, a blend of various red grapes from the estate vineyard that come together very well. Lovely blueberry, red cherry, boysenberry and red plum blend with floral notes and a hint of vanilla, making for a very smooth glass of wine. A well balanced everyday red that will not disappoint. Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Aug 2016
Once again: this wine crushes it! This new vintage release from Alexander Valley Vineyards came from the happy 2014 Sonoma growing season and the result is six prestigious varietals of bliss blended together into one well-balanced red.
The blend. Six different grapes in one wine might sound like a lot, and it is, but in this red’s case, the more the better. Expert blending means each varietal contributes just what it is supposed to. Richness, spice, berry, texture, elegance and floral aromas all wrapped up in one pretty bottle.
Vineyard heritage. The Wetzel family pioneered premium grape planting in the Alexander Valley. Today, their vineyards include fourteen varietals spanning diverse growing sites which sets this red blend up to be the best of Alexander Valley.
Elegant. Age-worthy. Reflective. And we’re not just talking about the wine! Winemaker Kevin Hall’s global perspective from working with CA, Germany and New Zealand wineries and a genuine interest in talking to as many winemakers as he possibly could while traversing the globe, set him up to be one of the greats. As his two decade anniversary with AVV quickly approaches, Kevin is considered a master of traditionally styled wines, which is reflected in each bottle of Homestead Red.
This dark purple wine has complex, earthy aromas of plum, cassis, black cherry, stone fruits, spice and violets. In the glass there are avors of spice, berry, plum, cherry, oak and vanilla. This is a nicely balanced wine with a juicy nish.
Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley was mostly prune orchards and pastures when, in 1962, Maggie and Harry Wetzel purchased a large portion of a homestead built by Cyrus Alexander, the valley’s nineteenth century namesake. Here, in a rural community of family farms and ranches, the Wetzel family settled. They raised livestock, cultivated bountiful gardens and restored Alexander’s original home, making it the center of family life. With an eye to their neighbors in nearby Napa Valley, the Wetzels boldly planted premium grape varieties, among the first in the area. Then the family built a small winery.
Hank Wetzel, oldest son of Maggie and Harry, produced Alexander Valley Vineyard’s first wine in 1975. His wife Linda set up the books and managed the winery office. AVV quickly established a reputation for estate grown wines with distinctive varietal character. Acclaimed for crisp Chardonnay and luscious Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley Vineyards brought recognition to the appellation and became a leading winery in Sonoma County.
Hank’s younger sister, Katie Wetzel Murphy, joined the family business in 1979. An enthusiastic ambassador, she travels the country, fueling the family-owned winery’s reputation. Today the Alexander Valley is a prominent appellation known worldwide as the source of elegant, age worthy wines. 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.
Perfect with red meats. Try it with grilled foods in the warmer months and long slow braised dishes in the cooler months.