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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 4 
ProducerCypher Winery (web)
VarietyRed Blend
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationPaso Robles

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2017 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.4 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 5 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by valecnik on 4/21/2015 & rated 93 points: A textbook Cypher wine in structure, but even more amped. Enormous nose of deep, dark cherry and cassis, plus oak and vanilla. The palate is at least as massive, oozing with ripe dark fruit, but beautifully balanced by a core of raging, tingling acidity. Tannins are refined and smooth, but dominant. Lots of cherry on the finish, and occasional rushes of chocolate-covered espresso beans. A monster, but a delicious monster with grace and sophistication. (138 views)
 Tasted by bjamesclark on 1/24/2014 & rated 89 points: Deep, dark, and opaque with an inky purple color. Showing high viscosity and bright reflections.
On the nose deep concentrated aromas of roasted plum, cassis, and dark cherry that are seasoned with spice, toast, vanilla, cedar, toffee and mocha. Aromas are moderate + with a touch of heat even after decant.
Whoa... the palate offers up dense, super-ripe fruit and a supple mouthfeel. Flavors of fig, plum, dark cherry reduction, cassis, toffee, toast, mocha, flowers, and spice are bold. Acidity and tannin levels are both moderate, the mid palate density is moderate and the finish is moderate+ in intensity and length with dark berry and espresso flavors. Needs time for all the components to come together a little more harmoniously, as of now slightly disjointed. (680 views)
 Tasted by BigSchmove on 12/26/2012 & rated 94 points: This was banging. This was big bold and chewy. Very nice long finish. From the first sip this got better and better. I have on my list to get more later. this was outstanding. I did have it with a steak but very memorable (1085 views)
 Tasted by jksgray on 1/25/2002 & rated 92 points: Very big complex wine. We decanted this wine before serving which enhanced its flavor. Enjoyed from first to last sip. (969 views)

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Cypher Winery

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Cypher is the next wave focused on high-end winemaking in extreme vineyards.

2009 Cypher Winery Slayer

(Wine Club notes Fall 2012)

Malbec 48%, Petite Verdot 48%, Cabernet Sauvingon 4%

Alcohol 14.8%
pH 3.80
Total Acid 0.70
Cases 190

NOSE: Deep, rich red berry fruit with forest floor, cedar and mocha creme brulee.

MOUTH: Deep red and black berry fruit wit rich earth and mushroom. Red currant and dark cassis are long on the palate as the velvet tannins bein to caress your mouth. Finish with silky tannins and a savory vanilla cream laced with hints of cassis.

From the depth of my imagination came the desire to make an extreme Bordelaise wine from the Central Coast of California. ... Of the Bordelaise varieties Malbec and Petite Verdot are vey well suited to our microclimates and soils. The Malbec tends to be very similar to Argentinean Malbec due to the cooler climate of the Santa Margarita Ranch in the Southern part of the Paso Appellation. The Petite Verdot is from the warmer area of Paso as it helps build the chewy velvet tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon ... is also from the Sant Margarita Ranch cropped extremely low to focus the concentration and get true physiological ripeness to avoid any vegetal character. ... We aged teh wine in 100% new French oak for 24 months to reach full maturation.

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