2007 Alexander Valley Vineyards "Cyrus" Alexander Valley Red Blend
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.
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.
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.