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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 12 
TypeRed
ProducerAlexander Valley Vineyards (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationCyrus
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationAlexander Valley
UPC Code(s)085798110520

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2016 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.6 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 38 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Coachron13 on 12/24/2014 & rated 93 points: Another example of a very well made Cyrus. Definitely sitting right at its peak drinking time now. (619 views)
 Tasted by TSTEW22 on 12/20/2012 & rated 89 points: Deep, inky purple in the glass. Very unique flavor complex. Drinking well and should continue to cellar well. Will try the other bottle in about a year or so. (5625 views)
 Tasted by jwalt on 8/23/2012 & rated 85 points: I didn't pickup any fruit. Dark earth and menthol on the nose; hot on the palate, dominated by what I'll call licorice. Hard to believe this was the same wine that others are rating so well. Drank the 2007 the night before and it was hands down the winner. (3732 views)
 Tasted by RussK on 8/19/2012 & rated 92 points: RussK. City Hall dinner with Pablo, Eddie and wives Nice. Big nose and taste of American oak. Thought it was Spanish or a Ripasso. Deep dark sweet liquid fruit. Surprisingly little tannin. It would be hard to guess blind that this was 75% cab. 92- (3411 views)
 Tasted by tshepard on 7/2/2012 & rated 91 points: Drank a little more Old World. Decanted foe two hours. Softer than most Cyrus, layers of flavor are not fully developed. (3670 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/17/2012 & rated 92 points: This has been a very interesting bottle of wine. Let me first say that I am a huge fan of Cyrus. This bottle perplexed me a little having just drank a 2000 three weeks ago. The 2000 was seamless, fully integrated and showing beautifully. The 05 is clearly in its early 20's; old enough to drink, but not quite sure how to do it right. She showed signs of maturity, but she was all over the board with oak integration and acidity. The fruit held firm which gives me the promise of a solid future for my other four bottles. I will hold till 2015 and expect the deliciousness of past vintages at that age. Good effort to be sure! (1548 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/17/2012 & rated 92 points: This has been a very interesting bottle of wine. Let me first say that I am a huge fan of Cyrus. This bottle perplexed me a little having just drank a 2000 three weeks ago. The 2000 was seamless, fully integrated and showing beautifully. The 05 is clearly in its early 20's; old enough to drink, but not quite sure how to do it right. She showed signs of maturity, but she was all over the board with oak integration and acidity. The fruit held firm which gives me the promise of a solid future for my other four bottles. I will hold till 2015-17 and expect the deliciousness of past vintages at that age. Good effort to be sure! (3501 views)
 Tasted by jfaulk on 1/31/2012 & rated 91 points: Very good drinker. Full fruit up front Hints of licorice on the back (2069 views)
 Tasted by BigBoy_Sonoma on 1/28/2012 & rated 91 points: Dark Fruit, spice, cassis, smokey cedar tobacco. nice length on the finish, has some pepper. A- (1517 views)
 Tasted by jfaulk on 12/5/2011 & rated 91 points: This is a well balanced, red blend. Its fruit forward delicious taste is balanced by good acidity & tannins. A great drink now and I would imagine for a few years to come. (2203 views)
 Tasted by ChadRS on 11/8/2011 & rated 92 points: What a tasty bottle of wine. Deep rich purple black color. Some menthol and tar on the nose, dark fruit and oak on the palate. Well integrated tannins, nicely layered wine. This one has been sitting in my cellar for a couple years, and no doubt it aged beautifully. (2426 views)
 Tasted by maxhoya1 on 10/18/2011 & rated 86 points: Very underwhleming and unremarkable for me. I expected more at this price point. (1754 views)
 Tasted by awineo on 8/21/2011 & rated 93 points: Cyrus always has it own unique taste to me. I drank this 2005 and a 1999 for comparison. The 2005 had more fruit, but still was very tannic. I like it but some people would think it was too tannic. (1725 views)
 Tasted by petitblanc on 12/29/2010 & rated 91 points: Black cherry to crimson color. Superb, inviting nose of oak and menthol, with an undertone of sweet tobacco. Similar palate, with plummy fruit and a faint green note. Caressing tannins. The hot alcohol is obtrusive, but the oak treatment here really makes this an interesting wine. (2934 views)
 Tasted by BillyT on 12/26/2010 & rated 90 points: Very Old World Bordeaux with Cab Franc showing allot. Dark purple color with dark rim. Strong legs and full body. Nose of dark pepper, chocolate, mocha, leather, cassis, dark fruit, vanilla and cream. Palate tasted like it smelled with a nice full body, integrated tannins and mild acidity. I simple lingering spicy finish. Typical good Alexander Valley profile. More fruit forward than recent Jordan's I've had. If you don't like Bordeaux you won't like this wine. The only characteristic that separates knowing it was a Bordeaux from California is the extra hint of vanilla and oak which is more dominant here than in Bordeaux. (2908 views)
 Tasted by jamieirving on 11/25/2010 & rated 90 points: A very old world style Bordeaux blend with great earthy, savoury characters. (3058 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 11/9/2010 & rated 89 points: Dark color with notes of mint, blackberry and chocolate. Flavors of red fruit, licorice and chocolate. 89+ pts. (3015 views)
 Tasted by mn_horn on 11/7/2010 & rated 91 points: Popped and poured. Dark fruit and vanilla on the nose, which translated onto the palate. While the vanilla was evident, I did not feel it was over-oaked at all. A finish in the 15-20 second range. It opened up nicely over 2 hours and showed more red fruit with cream than earlier. A nice Alexander Valley cab in the $40 range. (2007 views)
 Tasted by Normones on 7/10/2010 & rated 87 points: enjoyed but not worth the $$. dry, earthy, some fruit but altogether a little forgettable. if it were $15 I would be fine, but at $50, no way. (3280 views)
 Tasted by wineismylife on 5/22/2010 & rated 88 points: CellarTracker Texas Offline - Part Two: I believe this is the correct wine but my apologies if I accidentally picked the wrong one.

WIML88

Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of lavender, plum and cassis. Flavors of currant, plums and berries. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink over the short term, perhaps into the medium term? (3869 views)
 Tasted by jamieirving on 4/24/2010 & rated 95 points: From the folks at Alexander Valley Vineyards, this Bordeaux blend is arguably their top wine. It's made from a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 2% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot and I have to say I was happy to see Malbec as a component. It's used far too infrequently for my liking, and I have loved every Bordeaux blend I've tried that contains it! The blend then spends 24 months in French oak followed by 8 months in the bottle. The resulting wine is dark purple in colour. The nose is very Rioja-esque: broody berry fruits, lashings of oak and a touch of tobacco. The palate is full bodied, smooth and intense. It shows blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar and a touch of smoke and rubber. The finish is long and dry. Absolutely delicious.

Awards
* Gold - 2009 Houston Rodeo Wine Competition (which is where I found out about it!)
* Gold, Critics Choice Award - 2010 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition
* Double Gold - 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
* Best of Show Red - 2009 Hilton Head Wine Fest (3398 views)
 Tasted by winefool on 2/3/2009 & rated 91 points: From memory. Somm recommended at Bohanens in San Anton. Surprisingly good for a wine I'd never heard of. Big black sweet fruit with nice balance and length. (3631 views)
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Alexander Valley Vineyards

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Red Bordeaux Blend

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.

USA

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California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Sonoma County

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Alexander Valley

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