The Grand Champion At The Houston Rodeo!
These Cowboys Know Their Wines!!
|2008 Alexander Valley Cyrus|
But at the time we didn’t know we were in the presence of greatness…but now we do!
You see the Alexander Valley Vineyards 2008 Cyrus was named the Grand Champion at this year’s Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show International Wine Competition. But hey the Wetzel family, that’s who owns the winery are repeat winners. They also won the Grand Prize in 2010.
|The Wetzel Family|
And just think we were there when that 2006 winner was being produced!!
Now if you read my blog very often you know I don’t trust the awards that almost all wineries have displayed. In fact it’s one of my top wine rules. There are so many wine competitions of all sizes, and you don’t know what wines were entered or even if the judges knew anything about wine. So my wine rule is, ignore the awards and judge the wine yourself!
However in Texas, two wine competitions deserve our consideration. One is the Dallas Morning News’ awards and the other is the Houston Rodeo’s.
The 2013 Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show International Wine Competition had 2,884 wines from 943 wineries. So the competition was stiff. Just as important, they had some really outstanding judges. So trust me on this one, the winners were great wines!
This brings me back to the Alexander Valley Vineyards and its wine. While they are distributed nationwide you may know them by their ever popular Sin Zin!! We bought several bottles of this fun Zinfandel when we visited in 2006. However their real gems are their Cyrus wines.
The 2008 award winner is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Melbec.
Which helps explain why it has such intense colors! Its aromas of plum, black cherry and toasted oak are also outstanding. Better yet, its flavors of plum, cherry and blackberry with vanilla and oak really put it in the winner’s circle!
And what is really nice is that the Cyrus 2008 is very young and will get even better with age! In fact Kevin Hall, the winemaker, says it will benefit from additional bottle ageing and will “age gracefully for 10 or 15 years.”
But don’t get me wrong it’s really good right now!
|Joe "Pinky" Koch & Jim Murphy|
Turns out it was Jim Murphy the brother-in-law of Katie Wetzel Murphy.
We had a great visit with Jim and really appreciated his
hospitality. He showed us around the vineyard and showed us the various grapes.
And tasting wine grapes still on the vine is amazing as you think about what
they will become. And in Alexander Valley’s case that means some wonderful wines!
|Loved the grapes!|
Hank Wetzel gets his saddle...again!
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