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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 13 
ProducerAlexander Valley Vineyards (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationAlexander Valley
UPC Code(s)085798110322

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2011 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.5 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 26 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Snoman on 12/19/2012 & rated 88 points: Rich aromas and medium-dark garnet in glass, opens with typical cassis and black currant flavors, sweet oak and soft tannins in a pleasant, medium-bodied style. Light mouthfeel, and a medium finish. (2016 views)
 Tasted by dkroc on 8/19/2012 & rated 91 points: Awesome. Enough said, was worried that it might of been past it's prime but it paired beautifully with a smoked brisket and German potato salad tonight. Velvety and smooth with firm tannins... I received this bottle as a gift and it was fantastic. (1576 views)
 Tasted by snowstrm on 1/21/2012 & rated 95 points: Wow! This has become a real beauty. This wine shines from beginning to end, with a full body, but smooth; bright red fruit which explodes mid palate, without becoming too big or dominant; and a looong finish. Complex and smooth. I think this will get even better as the tannins smooth out a little more. Paired perfectly with roasted leg of lamb and stood up as an equal with the 2003 Opus One. Decanted 90 minutes, but definitely improved the longer it sat in the glass. (1815 views)
 Tasted by winestine on 11/26/2011 & rated 89 points: ready to drink. drank without first decanting. A fair amount of black fruit but lacking the full character of some of the higher end california meritages. Still, a very nice wine. (2083 views)
 Tasted by Wink on 10/18/2011 & rated 90 points: Clear dark garnet with a brick tint. Nose of dark fruit and vanilla with a hint of cherry, menthol, and earth. Ripe palate with currant, blackberry,vanilla, and an herbal note. Good length. Pleasant acidity. Mellow tannins. Velvety texture. My last bottle. Addendum: after three days, this wine was drinking exceptionally well. (2162 views)
 Tasted by LCHammer on 6/5/2011 & rated 82 points: I usually love Cyrus but this was disappointing. Seemed like all merlot - tannic/acidic but no cab fruit. It wasn't corked but maybe was a bad bottle. I recommend that drink any you have now. I'll still be looking forward to my 06/07's. (1183 views)
 Tasted by Wink on 7/9/2010 & rated 90 points: Translucent purple with reddish rim. Open nose of plum, fig, smoke, and celery. Ripe medium palate of dark fruit, espresso, and olive. Excellent finish. Integrated oak - lighter on the palate than the nose. Supple tannins. Pleasant acidity. Very good to excellent wine that will last a bit longer in the cellar, but is unlikely to improve. (1583 views)
 Tasted by Fozziedoggie on 8/12/2009 & rated 90 points: Luscious and unctuous (see review dated 4/24/2009)....guess I couldn't wait after all! (2155 views)
 Tasted by brianngibson on 5/30/2009 & rated 90 points: Good solid Cab blend. Nice balanced oak and fruit. Really enjoyed this and reasonable QPR. (2082 views)
 Tasted by Fozziedoggie on 4/24/2009 & rated 90 points: Nice Bordeaux blend, dark purple in color. Upon opening, very earthy smells; great mouth-feel (very velvety) with lush fruits. This wine got better and better in the glass, by 40 minutes later, much more complex and layered. Great wine that won't break the bank. I have one more bottle scheduled to drink sometime in 2010 -- can't wait. (2298 views)
 Tasted by jwehner on 11/27/2007 & rated 90 points: had this with soy-seasoned rack of lamb, scalloped potatoes and brussel sprouts (cooked in shallots). it was perfect (2595 views)
 Tasted by EMichels on 5/20/2007 & rated 84 points: Nose a little green; A good blend but a bit simple; 4-10-14-6 (2645 views)
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Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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