The 2007 growing season began early, stalled midway due to cool weather and finished late. Some of our Cabernet had poor fruit set, resulting in more concentration from smaller berries and smaller clusters. Winemaker Kevin Hall barrel aged each lot separately, then selected seven distinctive lots for CYRUS: 3 lots of Cabernet Sauvignon with exceptional concentration, purity & lush texture, two lots of Cabernet Franc with finesse & depth and one lot each of Merlot & Petit Verdot for vivid color and richness. After blending, the wine was aged for 12 months in French oak to meld the flavors. Once bottled the wine was aged for an additional 14 months to develop into a seamless blend.
CYRUS - The First Growth of Sonoma, showcases the best of the region and the best of the vintage!
95 Points - Gold Medal - Best of Appellation California State Fair 2011
93 Points - Gold Medal Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2011
93 Points - Gold Medal Cellar Selection Beverage Testing Institute 2011
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
91 Points Two Puffs Connoisseurs Guide to California Wines
Grapes: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon , 23% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Concentration and wonderful flavors of cassis and berries best describes the 2007 Cyrus . Aromas of black cherry, plum, spice oak, mint, and vanilla fill the glass. There is good entry and balance with flavors of berry, cocoa, mint, coffee, and cedar . This rich wine has big structure and a long finish. The intense concentration and great balance will allow this wine to age gracefully for 10-15 years.
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal - Sunset International WIne Competetion
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 6%Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
"The 2008 has intense color and dusty aromas of plum, black cherry, cassis and toasty oak. There are flavors of cherry, plum, vanilla, oak and blackberry. This seamless blend has a good structure on the finish and a long aftertaste. While we release CYRUS four years after harvest, the wine is still quite young. It will open up beautifully in the glass, but will easily benefit from additional bottle aging. The intense concentration and great balance will allow this wine to age gracefully for 10-15 years."