Elegant, yet structured describes the CYRUS. There are aromas of plum, black cherry, cassis and toasty oak along with rich flavors of cherry, plum, vanilla, oak and blackberry. This seamless blend has a good structure on the finish and a long aftertaste. While CYRUS is both barrel aged and bottle aged, the wine is still quite young. It will open up beautifully in the glass, but will easily benefit from additional cellar aging.
The tremendous amount of fruit flavors, including black cherry, plum and cassis are matched perfectly with a like amount of spicy oak. The velvety mouth-feel is similarly complemented by firm yet not unyeilding tannins.
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
Wine: CYRUS Vintage: 1999 Appellation: Alexander Valley Grape Varietal: blend Barrel Regimen: 24 months Bottling Information: Cases Produced 2500 Release Date 3/15/2003 Analysis: Alcohol (by volume) 14% pH 3.53 Acid 0.067 R.S. Winemakers Comments: Displaying rich concentrated fruit, spicy oak, a velvety mouth feel and a lasting finish, the 1999 CYRUS is a testament to estate grown Alexander Valley grapes.