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2012 Cypher US Red Blend "TNT"

Winery: Cypher

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "TNT"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 60% Tannat & 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Paso Robles

State or country: CA

Price: $50

Cases produced: 240

KWG Score: 93 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: March 18, 2015

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Tannat based blend is terrific. It opens with a fragrant black currant bouquet with hints of oak and black cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth and very elegant for a Tannat focused wine. The flavor profile is a tasty black cherry with notes of oak and a hint of boysenberry. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate fine tannins linger nicely. Bet a good friend who knows wine, that they can't guess the main grape in this wine. After they lose the dinner bet, enjoy this gem with a filet mignon that they just bought for you! Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: TNT, need I say more? I am so excited about this wine. It has been in the works for a long time and has finally come to fruition, albeit, we did manage to stir some controversy. Tannat (with its deep, rich color, structure and mouth-feel) is the massive black bomb and Cabernet is the detonator that sets the Tannat off! Low and behold when you mix dark matter with other dark matter… you get a BIG EXPLOSION!! Wow, the Cab takes the Tannat to a new level and gave it another dimension, more depth more character… somewhat evil but hey, who’s judging… it was amazing!! Don't be scared of the dark!

Organic status: not organic

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