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Cryptic Red Blend 2010

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    14.3% ABV
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    14.3% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The 2010 blend is complex, supple, and seductive with dark red cherry, blackberry and blueberry flavors, notes of toasted hazelnuts and a hint of vanilla on the finish. Its subtle toasty notes and ripe fruit flavors will be enhanced when paired with roasted or grilled meats, hearty pasta dishes or wood-fire oven pizzas.

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    Cryptic, California
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    The Cryptic team views their wines as modern day alchemy (an ancient science, described as the process of changing base elements into noble elements): the winemakers blend standard red grape varietals into something special, changing the ordinary into the extraordinary.

    The alchemic blend is comprised primarily of Zinfandel, followed by Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Barbera and Merlot to add red fruit character and a lush mouth-feel. As for encryption, the process of encoding messages or information that only authorized parties can understand, well that’s a little like winemaking.

    The Winemaker, Antonio Trevino, puts much time and energy into each blend and he wants to keep his recipe secret. His desire to keep his blend under wraps ultimately became the inspiration for the Cryptic wheel, a reproduction of a 16th century French encryption machine.

    California

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    Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

    Just about every style of wine you can imagine is made in California, from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. Each AVA and sub-AVA has its own distinct personality. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties dominate, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with Alsatian varieties such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, it is certain that any wine lover will find something to get excited about.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    RPT13403396_2010 Item# 123710