Cryptic Wines

Every vineyard has its own character and with this understanding, Cryptic is shaped by 25+ vineyards located across several distinctive growing regions throughout California. Our winemakers cherry pick their favorite blocks: Zin from old vine vineyards in Lodi and Amador County, Petite Sirah from Dry Creek Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. Each varietal and each vineyard is transformed under the guiding hand of our winemakers and their vineyard partners.

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WHO

Cryptic refers to the mysterious alchemy that comes from combining individual lots of wine together to create a magical blend. Our winemakers blend standard red grape varietals into something special, changing the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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WHAT

Cryptic’s spicy frame is wrapped by spellbinding aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, plum, black licorice and mocha. Rich and juicy, with plush tannins, the finish keeps on giving long after the last sip.

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WHERE

Cryptic is distributed throughout the USA. Whether it’s being served by the glass at your favorite restaurant, or sold by the bottle at your wine shop of choice – an incredible glass of wine is never far away.

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TRADE

Cryptic invites its Trade and Media guests to use this site to access product imagery and wine tasting notes.

For media inquiries, please contact Holly Evans, hevans@purplewinespirits.com

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

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GOLD MEDAL WINNER Orange County Fair 2015!

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“luscious, medium-bodied, exuberantly fruity” Robert Parket

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GOLD MEDAL WINNER! Long Beach Gran Cru 2014

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91 POINTS “BEST BUY”! The Wine Testing Institute 2014

WHO

Centuries ago, Europeans were fascinated by encryption and alchemy. As we crafted Cryptic, we were inspired by both concepts. Alchemy, the process of changing base elements into noble elements, guided our hand in the cellar. We view Cryptic wines as modern day alchemy: we turn standard red grape varietals into something special, changing the ordinary into the extraordinary. Our 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 mouthfeel.

As for encryption, the process of encoding messages or information that only authorized parties can understand, well that’s a little like winemaking. Our Winemaker, Antonio Treviño, 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 our Cryptic wheel, a reproduction of a 16th century French encryption machine.

WHAT

The 2012 vintage was a winemaker’s dream come true and a welcome sight after a tricky 2011 harvest. Winemakers were blessed with a crop of outstanding quality. The harvest period was warm and dry, extending hang time for all growing regions throughout California. The lack of extreme heat allowed for even ripening and our winemaking team was able to pick at optimal sugar levels and flavor.

Our winemaking team, led by Antonio Treviño, excels in the subtlety of winemaking and the art of blending that comes with years of experience. Before harvest even begins, the team identifies the A+ vineyard lots for Cryptic and keeps a watchful eye on the grapes as they ripen. When the grapes are fully developed, winemaking makes the call to pick.

Once the grapes arrive at the winery, each lot was vinified and aged separately. Our winemakers used both stainless steel and oak casks for fermentation and the wine was aged in small oak barrels for 14 months to add levels of complexity to the final blend.

Cryptic features a spicy frame wrapped by heady aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, fresh red plum, black licorice and mocha. Rich and juicy, with plush tannins, the finish keeps on giving long after the last sip. Cryptic’s subtle toasty notes and ripe fruit flavors pair well with roasted or grilled meats, hearty pasta dishes or wood-fired pizza.

“… luscious, medium-bodied, exuberantly fruity, dry red with plenty of character as well as Provençal herbs, pepper, meat, black cherries and blackcurrants. Drink it over the next year with pizza, hamburgers, etc. It is an excellent choice for bistros and brasseries.” – Robert Parker, 12/14

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • Appellation: California
  • Varietal Composition: 54% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Barbera and 2% Merlot
  • Acid: .57 g/100ml
  • pH: 3.75
  • Aging: 14 months in French, Hungarian & American oak barrels
  • Alcohol: 14%

WHERE

Cryptic is distributed throughout the USA. Whether it’s being served by the glass at your favorite restaurant, or sold by the bottle at your wine shop of choice – an incredible glass of wine is never far away.

While we make every attempt to ensure accuracy, our data is updated quarterly and is subject to change. Please check the establishment to make sure that Cryptic is available. If it isn’t, be sure to ask your favorite wine shop or restaurant to request it from their distributor.

TRADE

Cryptic invites its Trade and Media guests to use this site to access product imagery and wine tasting notes.

For media inquiries, please contact Holly Evans, hevans@purplewinespirits.com

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TASTING NOTES

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