2012 Cyrus

Winery: Alexander Valley Vineyards

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: Cyrus

Wine Category: Red Blend

Grape blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petite Verdot, 2% Malbec

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Sonoma

State or country: California

Price: $59

ABV: 14.3%

Cases produced: N/A

The Barrel Cellar Score: 93 points

Review date: Feb 2, 2019

Color:  Persian Plum, Rose Gold rim

Nose:  Cherry, smoke, and floral notes

Taste:  Ripened cherry, fig, earthiness, smoke, and oak.

Assessment:  This full-bodied release from Alexander Valley Vineyards is a shining example of what a red blend can be. It’s silky smooth, its tannic structure is architected with skill and precision. The balance this wine maintains from first sip to the last drop is also impressive.  This wine is an artwork; an illustration of the craftmanship, palate, and experience of a skilled winemaker.  The boldness and jamminess of the 2012 Cyrus demand your attention, yet its highlight is a barnyard earthiness tinged with smoke that will bring you to a happy place.  Ready to drink now.  Buy here.

Alexander Valley Vineyards 2012 Cyrus is an exceptional wine.  93 points

Pairing recommendation:  I’d pretty much pair this with anything.  It’s that good.


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