Ah, vacation. Just back from one, and its time to get Simple Hedonisms caught up on wine reviews and a backlog of event reports. Last weeks trip was to the central coast beach areas of Pismo & Avila Beach, and San Luis Obispo.
I had not visited any of these areas before, despite frequent journeys to nearby Paso Robles, so I took the time to explore. I loved all three, especially Avila.
After almost a solid month of wine related travel, this was, on pain of death, not to be a winery visit vacation, so with some discipline I kept it to only four, all first visits.
One of these was Cypher, on the 5 hour drive home. I had a half case of Cypher wines to review I had just started working through, and upon invitation from the assistant winemaker, decided to pop in. This is the first of a series of tasting notes. If you are familiar with Cypher please post your comments and thoughts.
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Cypher is an interesting story – orginally this was Four Vines, a online pharmacy no prescription 110,000 case/year producer, most well known for its trademarked 'Naked” chardonnay. Four Vines, along with Naked, and other wines were sold, to the Purple Wine Company, and born anew was Cypher, a 12,00 case winery with 4 employees. Cypher has a plethora of Rhone offers, as well as its well known Zins.
The tasting room in Templeton, a stones throw from Paso Robles, and the wines, are a recommended stop.
To The Eye: Clear, vibrant, a very light yellow
On The Nose: Crisp but slightly floral: White flowers, crisp, lemon, hint of white peach
In The Mouth: Nice citrus and lemon notes, bright, but not the sometimes overpowering, austere tone a GB can sometime be. Lingering, mouthwatering acidity. This is a well balanced wine, no signs of heat or astringency. 14.8% alcohol. Fermented in stainless, and dry.
Recommendations: Buy if you can. Technically its a wine club only wine. (I join wine clubs for reasons exactly like this.) $24. Media Sample. Outstanding – 90 points.
Pair with fresh oysters, salads, or enjoy alone.