Wine Wednesday: Alexander Vineyards Sin Zin 2012 ($20)

2012 Alexander Vineyards Sin Zin Zinfandel -

This Week In Red Wine Reviews: Alexander Vineyards Sin Zin 2012 ($19.99) – Click To Buy Wine

“Some vegetal notes accompany the blackberries and cherries of this spicy [Zinfandel]. It’s pretty uncomplicated. Drink now with everyday fare.” – Wine Enthusiast


Wine Ratings & Awards:

2014 Wine Enthusiast – 82 Points

2014 Wine & Spirits – 92 Points

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – Gold Medal – 2014

TheGrape Certified Gold Medal – 2014

Best Red Wines Under $20 – 2015

Best Red Wines of the Year – 2014


Wine Review

The 2012 vintage marks 35 years of Sin Zin at Alexander Valley Vineyards. Since its inception, Sin Zin wine continues to rouse and impress the palate with its spicy flavors, memorable name and risqué label – and has been a favorite of wine lovers and critics across the country for over thirty years. The grapes for this wine were harvested from throughout the Alexander Valley wine region – including the hillsides, bench lands and valley floor with an intention of seeking a balance of ripeness and acidity in each lot to showcase the valley as a whole.

The highly acclaimed 2012 Sin Zin seduces the senses with aromas of spice, black pepper, dark fruits and vanilla. This is a well-balanced wine that offers spicy flavors of plum, and black cherry along with black pepper and cocoa powder. The finish shows nice acidity and length.

Drink now – don’t wait! Aside from the fact that this wine is delicious in nature, it’s also food friendly. Check out these amazing dishes we recommend: TheGrape’s filet mignon steak, a steak salad with cucumber and radish, or grilled skirt steak and potatoes with herb sauce. Another delicious alternative is the tomato, asparagus ‘Carbonara.’


Wine Region: Alexander Valley, California

Wine Grapes: 100% Zinfandel

Style: Full-bodied, Balanced & Layered

Drinks Like: Kunde Estate Zinfandel 2012 ($25), St. Francis Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2012 ($40)


Interesting Fact:

The Sin Zin label was one of the first whimsical labels approved by the ATF and at the time was considered rather risqué. When tasting samples of the first vintage, the family wanted to find an image that matched the lush flavors. Leafing through an old art history book, then Assistant Winemaker Dennis Hill came upon a captivating illustration, a seventeenth-century German etching, completed by Moritz von Schwind c. 1840 titled “Des Knabben Wunderhorn”, meaning “The Horn of Plenty”. The image looked perfect for a wine label, and its bacchanalian character inspired Co-Owner Katie Wetzel Murphey to name our rich and lush wine – Sin Zin.” The label was used on the first vintage in 1978 and the wine was given to friends and family.


Food & Wine Pairings: Filet Mignon Steak – Click To View Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Steaks and Wine - Food & Wine Pairings - Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Vegetables - THEGRAPE

We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try the filet mignon steak recipe & red wine pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!

Sinful Zinfandel!
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If drinking and enjoying this wine is a sin, then I’m guilty as charged. The 2012 Sin Zin (Zinfandel) is a mouthful of flavors. This wine displays a colorful bouquet of plum, cherry, spicy raspberry and vanilla aromas. The flavors are balanced, deep, rich and spicy with allure. Open a bottle of this Grape Certified Gold wine and enjoy with good food. Cheers to Sin Zin!

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