2007 Alexander Valley Vineyards "Cyrus" Alexander Valley Red Blend

SKU #1109963 91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 More than once in the past, Cyrus has ranked with the better wines of its district, and this very deep, well-composed effort can make the claim again. It is wonderfully expressive with a full range of sweet oak and briary spice set against confident ripe-currant fruit, and its keen sense of balance makes it both age-worthy and surprisingly attractive now. We would opt for five years of aging if given the choice, but would not refuse a glass if poured with a well-marbled rib-eye steak tonight.  (12/ 2011)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A deliciously easy wine to drink now. Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s rich and spicy in cherry and blackberry jam, chocolate, red currant and cedar flavors, with soft tannins and an herbaceous taste of the earth. As sweet as the fruit is, the wine finishes totally dry.  (12/ 2011)

K&L Notes

A blend of 66% Cab, 23% Cab Franc, 6% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot with the intense concentration of the 2007 vintage. Scents of black cherries and plums dominate the nose, with subtle undercurrents of chocolate, cookie spices and mint. All of the fruit continues onto the full-bodied palate, which has mocha, cigar box, herb and spice accents. Intense and firm now, this could age in the cellar for 2-3 years, though the small bottle makes it a little more approachable young with a bit of time in the decanter.

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 By: Elaine Travels |  Review Date: 8/12/2012 
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Best of the LA Food & Wine Summer at the Shore event I tasted. Wonderful soft fruit with long smooth finish.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 14