Wine of the Week: 2019 Alexander Valley Vineyards Rosé of Sangiovese
Any member of the California wine community can agree that the Wetzel family is part of the fabric of the Healdsburg and Alexander Valley wine, cultural and philanthropic worlds. Their Alexander Valley Vineyards was a family business from the start.
And although the Alexander Valley Vineyards Rosé I’m recommending today is a personal favorite, fortunately, all of their wines have been historically excellent.
About Alexander Valley Vineyards
Once they purchased the historic Cyrus Alexander homestead, Harry and Maggie Wetzel strove to create a thriving agricultural lifestyle on the property. Although, based on the winery’s history in the community, you’d guess they were local farmers.
But believe it or not, the Wetzels are from Southern California. And it was bargain airfares that brought this family of five north for holidays. And they eventually decided to make Alexander Valley their home.
They raised their children along with their vines in Alexander Valley, providing inspiration and encouragement as they developed the estate together. Decades later, the fourth generation of their family is growing up amongst vineyards and next door to the working winery that is known around the world as “AVV.”
On the property, you’ll find the restored Alexander Valley Schoolhouse and an original adobe building. The wines range from estate to the hugely popular “Sin Zin” to the revered “Cyrus” red blend named for the founder of the Valley. And, of course, the one I’m recommending today, the Alexander Valley Vineyards Rosé of Sangiovese.
My review of the 2019 AVV Rosé
This is the 14th release of the Alexander Valley Vineyards Rosé and, at $17, it remains a bargain and a club and tasting room favorite. Check the website for specials on wine and shipping this summer at www.avvwine.com.
The 2019 harvest was lighter than the record-breaking 2018 crop and, with the moderate temperatures, grapes had adequate hang time to develop both excellent acid and intense flavors. After destemming, the fruit underwent a cold soak and then was lightly pressed off.
The 2019 AVV Rosé of Sangiovese is light pink with aromas of guava, strawberry, watermelon and mint that hit your senses with immediacy. In the mouth, continued flavors of watermelon, raspberry and joined by a little stone fruit. Minerality contributes to the rich but fruity finish.
My conclusion? The 2019 Alexander Valley Vineyards Rosé is a fun wine for summer or all year round. It’s a great example of Alexander Valley wine tasting. The winery calls it “California sunshine in a bottle,” and, at only $17 a bottle, you can spread that sunshine!
It is worth mentioning that the 2018 vintage of the Alexander Valley Vineyards Rosé of Sangiovese received many accolades and awards, including two of the highest awards for California rosé wines:
2018: Double Gold Medal & Best of Class- Sonoma County Harvest Fair
2018: 95 points & Gold Medal – California State Fair
Should history repeat, the 2019 Alexander Valley Vineyards Rosé will soon be the wine to drink. So get your order in early.
Where to buy this California rosé
As I mentioned, you can order the wine direct from the Alexander Valley Vineyards winery website, which is featuring some shipping specials this summer. It’s also available on wine.com. Or check Drizly to find a local retailer.
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