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Date Printed: 10/25/2014
Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus 1997
Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus 1997
(search item no. 28103)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $47.69

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

CYRUS is our limited production, handcrafted, proprietary red wine from the Wetzel Family Estate. Composed of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec and 1% Petite Verdot.Displaying rich, concentrated fruit, spicy oak, velvety mouthfeel, and a lasting finish, the CYRUS is a testament to estate grown Alexander Valley grapes and fine winemaking. Just 30 barrels from a total selection of over 2,100 were chosen for this wine.
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About Alexander Valley Vineyards:

Alexander Valley Vineyards is owned and operated by the Harry Wetzel family. Founded in 1975, it is located on Cyrus Alexander's old homestead.

The Wetzel Family Estate now grows fourteen grape varieties, on diverse sites stretching from the banks of the Russian River up onto the hillsides. Each grape variety is matched to a specific soil type and exposure. Vineyard Manager Mark Houser and Winemaker Kevin Hall work as a team to maximize fruit flavor in the vineyard and to create balanced wines that capture the grapes’ varietal characteristics. Hank Wetzel oversees the vineyard and winery operations, and his wife Linda continues to oversee administration. Now the third generation of Wetzels has joined the winery. Harry Wetzel, IV is assistant winemaker while younger brother Robert is the National Sales Manager.

Alexander Valley Vineyards produces 100,000 cases annually, 17 varietal wines and proprietary blends. Seventy-five percent of AVV’s production is red wine. Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon constitute roughly half of total production. Other varietals include Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Gewurztraminer, Syrah, Sangiovese, Viognier, and Cabernet Franc.