Alexander Valley Vineyards
California: Alexander Valley
Cyrus the great
We’ve had the great pleasure to feature Alexander Valley Vineyards several times over the last six years. Always, we have loved AVVs fantastic wines. For today’s wine, we were given free access to their collection - and we went right for the top.
Today’s 2006 Cyrus is AVVs flagship Bordeaux-style blend and we are enamored with it. Bold, bright, spiced, and richly layered, today’s wine is delicious, complex and intriguing. With its bright and balanced flavors, this wine is an easy companion for a great meal. We paired ours with freshly grilled burgers with all the fixings.
We give this 92 point (Wine Enthusiast) wine our very hearty Wine Spies recommendation.
Dark burgundy hues, with even coloration from core to edge. Wine coats the glass with color when swirled. After a moment, this coating coalesces into tall columns of skinny crimson legs that run slowly down the glass.
Warm and sweet, with spiced blackberry, black cherry and brambly boysenberry. As the wine opens up, soft leather, chocolate and dried cranberry mingle with soft dried meats, black pepper and a hint of fennel.
Bright red and black fruit mingle with spice, toasted oak, earthy dried leaves and black pepper. Fruits consist of wild strawberry, blackberry, black cherry and black raspberry.
Very long and bright, with sustained fruit and spice. Earthen flavors are revealed as fruit tails off. Dried leaves, minerals and black pepper appear at the very end.
With its bright and balanced flavors, this wine is an easy companion for a great meal. We paired ours with freshly grilled burgers with all the fixings.
What the Winery Says
Understanding exactly what qualities will be delivered from each vineyard is a key component to making great wine and a significant reason why CYRUS wins praise from critics year after year. For this latest release of our proprietary Bordeaux blend, Winemaker Kevin Hall selected fruit from seven different vineyards he determined were particularly exceptional in 2006.
But deciding which vineyards lots are the best was only the first step. Kevin also had to determine which Bordeaux varietals would best compliment the Cabernet Sauvignon that is the focal point for CYRUS and in what quantities. For the 2006, he blended in a sizeable amount of Cabernet Franc along with some Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Finally the wine was aged for a year in French and American oak. blended and then aged an additional year in French oak barrels.
The 2006 is a complex wine offering up flavors of blackberry and rich mocha. Taste this vintage of CYRUS and you’ll quickly understand why it is a top award winning wine and was rated a 92 by Wine Enthusiast magazine.
- Kevin Hall
- 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Grand Champion: Best of Show - 2011 Houston Rodeo Wine Competition
- Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Varietal Composition
- 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
- Aged for 24 months in French and American oak, 30% new
About the Winery
Kevin Hall has studied wine and winemaking techniques across the globe, but the AVV winemaker says his philosophy has always been to respect the inherent qualities of the estate grapes right at his doorstep. “I get beautiful fruit from here on the property,” he says, “and my main focus is to preserve the flavor of the varietal and the terroir.”
Under his direction, Alexander Valley Vineyards has won numerous prestigious awards including Top White Wine at the Sonoma Harvest Fair, Best of Appellation at the California State Fair and Grand Champion at Rodeo Uncorked.