Cyrus is our limited production, handcrafted, proprietary red wine from the Wetzel Family Estate. Displaying rich, concentrated fruit, spicy oak, a velvety mouth feel, and a lasting finish, the 1998 Cyrus is a testament to estate grown Alexander Valley grapes and fine winemaking. This wine displays intense aromas of black cherry, plum, cassis and chocolate. Firm tannins and a long finish balance the full mouth feel.
Overall, concentration and wonderful flavors of cassis and berries best describes the 2007 CYRUS. Aromas of black cherry, plum, spice, oak, mint and vanilla fill the glass. There is good entry and balance with flavors of berry,cocoa, mint, coffee and cedar. This rich wine has big structure and a long finish. The intenseconcentration and great balance will allow this wine to age gracefully for 10-15 years.Food Pairing: This big wine calls out for big food - lamb chops with red wine reduction, a dryaged strip steak, pan seared duck breast or a cheese course featuring blue cheese & aged cheddar.
After blending, the wine was aged for 12 months in French oak to meld the flavors.Once bottled the wine was aged for an additional 14 months to developinto a seamless blend.
Gold Medal- 2003 Orange County Wine CompetitionGold Medal- 2003 Tasters Guild International Wine JudgingSilver Medal - 2003 North of the Gate Wine CompetitionSilver Medal - 2003 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Alexander Valley was mostly prune orchards and pastures when, in 1962, Maggie and Harry Wetzel purchased a large portion of a homestead built by Cyrus Alexander, the valley’s nineteenth century namesake. Here, in a rural community of family farms and ranches, the Wetzel family settled. They raised livestock, cultivated bountiful gardens and restored Alexander’s original home, making it the center of family life. With an eye to their neighbors in nearby Napa Valley, the Wetzels boldly planted premium grape varieties, among the first in the area. Then the family built a small winery.
Hank Wetzel, oldest son of Maggie and Harry, produced Alexander Valley Vineyard’s first wine in 1975. His wife Linda set up the books and managed the winery office. AVV quickly established a reputation for estate grown wines with distinctive varietal character. Acclaimed for crisp Chardonnay and luscious Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley Vineyards brought recognition to the appellation and became a leading winery in Sonoma County.