Wine Data

Appellation: Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

Harvest: 10/8/2012

Bottled:  12/2015

Release Date:  10/1/2016

Bottles: 289

Size: 750ml


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Each year we reserve the best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon for CYRUS and Alexander School Reserve wines. We selected the very best barrel of from those lots for this special wine.

This barrel of wine was produced from a single thirty five year old vineyard with low yielding, gnarly, mature vines that produced loose clusters of pea sized grapes with one or two seeds. This led to great color extraction and concentration without much bitterness. This wine showed tremendous structure and concentrated fruit along with complexity and balance. We aged the wine for 32 months in a single new French oak tight grain barrel to slowly release the complexities while allowing the wine to develop and soften.

This deep purple hued wine has intense aromatics of eucalyptus, black cherry, oak, vanilla and licorice. Still young the 2012 has big, ripe flavors of red and black cherry, licorice and red plum. Great acidity balances the concentration and long finish of this once in a lifetime selection.

Each silk screened bottle is hand numbered and packed in a single wood box. This is a wine to lay down and savor on special occasions. It showcases the very best of AVV and our rich history with Cabernet Sauvignon.


2012 CYRUS:  95 points, Best of Class of Region - CA State Fair
2012 Alexander School Reserve Cabernet SauvignonDouble Gold Medal - Hilton Head Food & Wine
2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon92 points - Beverage Dynamics