Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus 1996

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    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, this 1996 vintage wine is an exemplary follow-up to the much heralded premier vintage 1995. Displaying rich, concentrated fruit, spicy oak, velvety mouthfeel, and a lasting finish, the 1996 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. It was aged eighteen months in barrel and an additional 33 months in the bottle before release on Cyrus Alexanders birthday, March 15, 2000.

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    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.

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    CWC67093_1996 Item# 10542

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