Winery: Alexander Valley Vineyards
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
State or country: California
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.
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.