Still plenty of dark fruit, black currant and macerated cherries. Cedar and mint coming out big time as it opens. Oak and tannins are well integrated. I'd be happy to let this sit another 2-5 years if I had anymore.
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.
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-
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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