From my cellar comes another wine from the pioneers of modern wineries, Alexander Valley Vineyards. Started in 1963 by Hank and Linda Wetzel, the family winery continues through the efforts of a second generation. Focused on blended wines, either by varietal or clone, and using various techniques in winemaking, they strive to produce the best wines given the unique microclimates within their vineyards.
I’m focusing on their flagship wine; Cyrus. A wine made in only the best years and a Bordeaux blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 5% Malbec, and 4% Petit Verdot. Fermented and aged as separate lots for 12 months and then blended and aged an additional 12 months, finally bottle aged to this marvelous wine.
Being from the Outstanding 2013 Vintage, the wine is restrained and not as extracted as others from that same vintage, but still showing gorgeous dark red fruit both in aroma and flavor. Showing an Old World style with lush tannins and a certain rustic quality, the wine is a shoo-in for those seeking that style.
The wine concludes with vibrancy and spice notes to give you a long and satisfying finish. While I drank this over a few hours, I felt only minimal aeration was needed, but should continue to age well for many years should you so desire.
2013 should be the wine currently available on shelves, 2014 will be the 20th release in 26 years history of the wine and may be available soon, but is currently available through the winery.