Friday, December 7, 2012
2010 Cryptic Red Wine
After finishing up some Christmas shopping and taking a bottle of Dunning Vin de Casa by a couple of target accounts, I came home with a little time to kill this afternoon. So I got all dressed up in my camo and hit the deer blind for a little while. I got a nice 10-point buck last week but I still had an antlerless tag to fill. Well, it's been filled now. Got a nice, medium-size doe with a pretty good shot from about 60-70 yards. After field dressing and hanging overnight, I'll take her to a local meat market for processing tomorrow morning.
After the fun of field dressing a deer, it was time to make dinner - our usual Friday night pizza night. And I wanted to open something nice and spicy to go with tonight's offerings: shrimp and pesto, andouille and roasted red pepper and pepperoni (for the kids, of course).
The 2010 Cryptic Red Wine, California is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel that shows the deep color that you would expect from this type of blend. Very briery and rustic with it's blackberry, raspberry and black pepper notes, I see what the Petite Sirah and Zinfandel add to the blend, but for the life of me I don't get any Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics. It's a bit flabby and jammy, but still much more well-behaved than the cloying Apothic Red. Long, dusty finish. Nothing profound here, but a nice $15 quaffer for pizza or burgers.
This wine falls under the umbrella of the Purple Wine Company; owners of such brands as Four Vines, Avalon and Bex.