Maysara Cyrus

Maysara Cyrus Pinot Noir

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • Maysara Cyrus Pinot Noir was named after King Cyrus the Great. He was instrumental in planting extensive vineyards and producing wine throughout his territory. Cyrus supplied his troops with wine rations for strength; however, he allowed some food and wine to be captured by the enemy. Once his enemies became intoxicated, Cyrus’ army attacked and defeated them.
  • The grapes for Cyrus are grown at the Momtazi Vineyard in the McMinnville AVA. The Momtazi’s believe in holding vintages until the wine is fully evolved, rather than releasing chronologically. Each vintage is unique and should mature on its own timeline.
  • Maysara Winery and the Momtazi Vineyard is committed to capturing the true expression of the land and conveying it through premium quality wine.
  • They practice low-impact, holistic farming methods in our Demeter certified Biodynamic® vineyard and carry this philosophy into their cellar, where Biodynamic® winemaking practices produce wines with intensity and elegance while maintaining natural harmony between fruit and earth.

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir

Elaboration: 100% Native yeast fermentation and malolactic Aged 18 months in French oak barrels (30% New / 70% Neutral) Filtered, no fining.

Tasting Notes: Elegant and playful, Cyrus opens the door with cranberry and red plum skin, followed by a lusher black cherry note, inviting you in. Fresh soil and wet slate point to the garden out back, while a hint of black tea and spice begs for the warmth of company to stay for a while.

PRESS

2013 – 94 James Suckling | 93 Wine & Spirit

2014 – 92 Vinous

2015 – 94 Jeb Dunnuck | 92 Wine Enthusiast | 91 Wine Advocate

2016 – 91+ Wine Advocate

PRODUCER BACKGROUND

Moe and Flora Momtazi immigrated to the U.S. from Iran in the 1980s and, on April 1, 1997, purchased what is now the 532-acre Momtazi Vineyard and Maysara Winery. It is located in McMinnville, Oregon, in the McMinnville AVA, about 50 miles southwest of Portland. Their three daughters are all heavily involved in running the operation as winemaker, head of sales, and event manager.

Back in Iran, Moe had learned the value of organic farming and respect for the earth from his grandfather. Those principles remain vital to all aspects of the winemaking process at Maysara. They believe 90 percent of winemaking takes place in the vineyard. They use Demeter Certified Biodynamic winemaking methods, which are low-impact, holistic farming techniques and vineyard management practices. They never use chemicals and employ a holistic approach to vineyard management by growing a variety of medicinal and dynamic flowers and herbs that they make into compost teas.

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