Alexander Valley Vineyards
California: Sonoma County: 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
- 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