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Cryptic 2010 Almost Gone… Last chance to stock up

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Jan - 22 - 2013

Dear Enotecans,

Those who have had the Cryptic 2010 vintage wine know how delicious it is.  For the first time ever I’m going to break tradition and reveal that we’re putting this in Vintage Red Wine Club for February.  There’s a reason, we wanted to make sure as many people as possible had a chance to taste this delicious wine before the inaugural 2010 vintage dries up!

The 2011 vintage is on its heels, so don’t worry, they’re still making Cryptic, however if I’ve learned anything from my short 6 years in the wine business, if you taste a wine and you really enjoy it, buy up as much as you can store in the vintage you enjoy.  This is a hand crafted, small batch agricultural product and while the wine makers will certainly do their best to make the 2011 vintage as good or better, there’s a risk that you won’t enjoy it as much as the 2010.  There is also often a risk of price increases when something is so good to begin with.  As soon as the 2011 vintage is released, we will be doing a tasting video and letting you know what we think.  But if you love it now, don’t wait.

Last week the Cryptic winery had 3,000 cases left.  This week they have 2,000 cases left.  If we get in an order soon we can get you as much as you want, a whole case (15% discount!) 2 cases, or whatever you need.  We just want to make you aware that the beloved 2010 vintage is almost gone so you have a chance to stock up before it’s too late.

Place your order online. Member: $14.39 / Retail: $15.99 / Member Case Each: $13.59

ETA: In stock, depending on orders may be 1-2 weeks out.

Back when this was released in August, we did a comparison tasting video with Cryptic and the popular Prisoner.

Click to watch the video review on YouTube. There are plenty of words to describe it as well if you’re more of a reader.

Cryptic Review Thumb

Cryptic Red WineCryptic Red Blend

The three C’s on our encryption wheel each represent one of the three varietal components: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each grape varietal adds a unique characteristic to the blend. The Zinfandel component is brimming with brambly, intense red berry flavors. Inky, intense Petite Sirah provides depth and color and concentration, while elegantly structured, silky Cabernet Sauvignon adds polish and complexity.

Blend Composition: 44% Zinfandel, 24% Petite Sirah, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Other Red Varietals



Cryptic is sourced from vineyards we control and from grapes we crush from over 30 different vineyards. These vineyards are located in three distinctive growing areas: Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, the Lodi River Delta and Paso Robles in the Central Coast. Each of these areas is known for soils, climate and growing conditions that produce big, rich and bold red wine grapes. In 2010, these areas experienced a long, cool growing season, resulting in full flavor development and complexity in our grapes. Harvest took place before the fall rains and just after late summer heat spell, resulting in fully ripened grapes with even flavors.

Vineyard Sourcing: 29% Paso Robles, 26% Amador County, 24% Lodi, 21% North & Central Coast


Our winemaking team, led by Alex Cose, is known for expertise in the subtlety of winemaking and the art of blending that comes from decades of experience. After harvest, individual lots were vinified and aged separately to allow for the most selectivity at the time of blending. The wine was fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and small oak barrels, and aged in French and American oak for 12 to 18 months, creating toastiness and complexity.


Complex, supple and seductive, with ripe raspberry, dark blackberry and blueberry flavors, notes of toasted hazelnuts, a hint of vanilla and a touch of mocha on the finish. Our wine’s 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.

The PrisonerPlace your order online. Member: $14.39 / Retail: $15.99 / Member Case Each: $13.59

ETA: In stock, depending on orders may be 1-2 weeks out.

The Prisoner

Dark red, almost garnet hue with bright red on the rim. Ripe cherry and cedar on the nose with hints of dried rose petal and sweet oak. Lovely entry that leads into a fat and savory mid palate. Ripe fig and black currant dominate the finish with a breadth of soft, well integrated tannins.

— Dave Phinney, Winemaker

44% Zinfandel, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono, 1% Grenache

Order the Prisoner online here: Member: $34.19 / Retail: $37.99 / Member Case Each: $32.29

ETA: In stock, depending on orders may be 1 week out.


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