Sunday, December 02, 2007

Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus 2001 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Nose of mixed berries, anise, and cinnamon

Juicy core of cherry on the palate, dense and tight

Moderately tannic finish of berries with lingering spice

I was treated to a bottle of this wine while on vacation. Friends from Milwaukee flew down to meet my wife and me in Florida for a few days at the beach, and were generous enough to bring this along. With a budding wine interest, these friends had been tasting their way through Meritage wines and other red blends from California. In that vein, this Cyrus was begging to be opened.

It's a tasty wine that delivers nice flavors, especially on the nose. However, it's dense and firm. Because of that, I don't know that we ever got it to open up completely. We didn't have a decanter at our disposal, so we did our best to linger over our glasses.

The wine remained firm and tannic throughout our tasting. If you have some, let it sit in the cellar for a couple more years and see what happens. With a base of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, it's a proprietary blend of grapes that may continue to evolve in the bottle. For $50 or so, it's a special treat wine. Raise a glass!

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