2012 CYRUS
Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon 76%, Merlot 12%, Cabernet Franc 7%, Petit Verdot 3%, Malbec 2%

Alcohol:  14.3%

pH: 3.75

TA:  7.5 g/L

Size:  750ml

2012 CYRUS

Retail Price: $65.00

CYRUS showcases the best of our vineyards and the best of the vintage.

Our six hundred acre property was the homestead of valley namesake Cyrus Alexander.  When he rode into our valley in 1840 he called it the "brightest and best spot in the world".  He chose this spot to build his home and raise his family, and many years later we would do the same.  This wine is our tribute to the man, the region and the very best of the vintage.

In 1995 Hank Wetzel produced the first vintage of CYRUS and today winemaker Kevin Hall carries on the tradition with the 17th release of CYRUS.  He has selected seven distinctive lots of estate Bordeaux grapes for this vintage; three lots of Cabernet Sauvignon with exceptional dark fruit flavors, complex aromas and structured tannins, two lots of Merlot with juicy fruit and floral aromatics, and one lot each of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec for finesse & depth, inky color, bright acidity and depth.

2012 was a classic California growing season with ideal weather.  In the spring, our vines set a large crop and over the next few months we thinned clusters in many blocks more than once.  During the summer, we had an abundance of California coastal "sweater" weather, fog in the morning, and warm sunshine in the afternoon, often sending temperatures into the mid 90s and then quickly cooling off after sunset.

After harvest each lot was fermented and aged separately for 12 months, then blended to showcase the vintage and aged for an additional 12 months in French oak barrels to meld the flavors.  Additional bottle aging allowed the blend to become seamless.  The 2012 has dark purple color and intense earthy aromas of cassis, black cherry, chocolate, and cherry along with toasty oak and vanilla.  This is a silky wine with flavors of cassis, dark chocolate, dark fruits and chocolate covered cherries.  The 2012 CYRUS boasts smooth texture, excellent balance and a long structured finish.

Accolades:

2012:  95 points, Gold Medal & Best of Class of RegionCalifornia State Fair
2012:  90 points Wine Enthusiast
2012:  Gold Medal Sonoma Harvest Fair
2012:  Gold Medal San Francisco International Wine Competition
2012:  Gold Medal Orange County (CA) Wine Competition