Wednesday, April 12, 2006

2002 Alexander Valley Vineyards Syrah

Alexander Valley Vineyards are based in Healdsburg California and is family owned, named for the original homesteader Cyrus Alexander it was purchased by the current owners in 1962. They have a proprietary Red blend named Cyrus after the winery's namesake. The Wetzel Family Estate Vineyard where the grapes that make this Syrah come from is based in Sonoma County and is the family vineyard where most of the grapes from AVV come from.
This particular wine, their Syrah weighed in at about 14.0% alcohol. Its aged 14 months in both American and French oak and a small amount of Viognier is added to round out the flavors.
The wine pours a deep dark intense ruby red in the glass. There are hints of smoke, oak, Chocolate and some spice in the nose. In the mouth there are rich exotic flavors, with a mouthful of Chocolate covered cherries. A very nice fruit forward Syrah, not to dry, not to sweet.
I'd grade it a B+.

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