Cyrus 1998

Cyrus Bordeaux blendAlexander Valley Vineyards, Cyrus 1998 14 years on this wine is looking youthful in the glass, with hues of red and just a hint of orange at the edge.  In the nose an oaky expression entices with an expectation of richness. On the palate the wine is supple, a swatch of velvet with flavors of toffee, caramel and chocolate.

This Bordeaux-blend is on top of the curve of a wine’s life, in a beautiful period for enjoying this holiday season.

If you’re having turkey over Christmas and the New Year, you might not consider a Bordeaux blend to be a fitting accompaniment.  Yet as they age, with the right amount of maturity, they can have the stuffing to make a good partner to a bird. Give it a try.  I’ve been opening some of these mature gems alongside roast chicken to great enjoyment.

$55 for the current release 2008 vintage, the bottle in hand was the gift of a friend. Alexander Valley Vineyards

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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