Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.
Strong nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, light alcohol and pencil lead.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn and earth.
Medium on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. Showing nice balance and mouthfeel, with nice complexity.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (90 minutes), and shows the complexity and structure.
Wine Enthusiasts 88 points.
I paired it with a cheese plate and pizza.
14.3% alcohol by volume.
$26. — 7 days ago
This was hiding in the back of my wine cabinet and turned to be a terrific find. We consumed cases of this wine in 2009 - 2012, but have not hand after 07 sold out. It is still fantastic. Rich dark fruit , intense and smooth. It complimented a prime filet beautifully. — 5 days ago
Herbs and spiciness on the nose, with some cherry. The fruit is more prominent on the pallet, especially as you drink through a glass. Other the acid hits first and keeps going, the cherries come in, and then herby tannins come in and slowly fade out. Lots going on throughout each sip! #gotm2020 — 10 days ago
Wanted something a little out of my wheelhouse tonight and this new Melka project scratched my itch.
On the nose I get sweet blueberry jam, cloves, star anise, candied rose petals and a slight hint of cola. Right off the nose you can tell this is a big wine but I don’t get much alcohol on the nose even at close to 15% abv.
Beautiful notes of espresso, baking chocolate, stewed cherries, baking spices. There’s a decadent blanket of smooth tannins that really elevates the fruit profile of this wine. 70% merlot, rest is a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc — 3 days ago
At home during the plague with my lovely bride. Enjoying with a nice veal cappelletti and wish I’d saved for a great veal chop. Just opened and a bit light on the back but delicious...and waiting — 25 days ago
Well we made it to the weekend, it is Friday night and we are in the midst of a pandemic. So, let's not dwell on that, we need to be positive and try and keep things as normal as possible. Tonight I have opened the 2013 Alexander Valley Vinyards Cyrus Cabenet Sauvignon Blend. A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot.
The nose is very expressive with notes of black cherry, blackberry, black currant, licorice, herbaceousness, vanilla bean, hint of green bell pepper, black peppercorns and cigar box.
On the palate is also very expressive with black cherry, blackberry, black plum sauce, black licorice, green bell pepper, minerality and rich earth.
This wine is big bold full bodied with medium + acidity and medium + to high chewy mouth coating tannins that lead into a long black fruit finish. Please try and enjoy the weekend the best we can and stay safe. We will all make it through these trying times sooner than later. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 15 days ago
I love this wine. Easily top 5 label of all time. But Carignan is so fantastic in California right now. Then with the addition of the other grapes gives it some ridiculous body and a sweetness I usually don’t get while keeping it FUNKY! Such an amazing wine. Very good now, probably better in 2 years. — 8 days ago