The Story Behind Cypher Winery
BUT, WHY THE NAME CYPHER?
Having just sold out of the 2008 vintage, I stared at one last empty bottle and contemplated our new world as Cypher Winery. It's been 1.5 years since we sold our Four Vines brand and re-grouped the Freaks under our new Cypher label. The months were consumed with brainstorming sessions, vineyard meetings with growers, mad blending sessions by the Zinbitch, label design, bottling and most important - releasing our line-up of new Cypher wines. We are proud and thrilled with the outcome…. The Zinbitch, as always, Rocked It!! Full Speed, full contact winemaking…pushing the extreme.
The thought behind naming our new label Cypher was that the process of growing and creating a fantastic wine is like unlocking a puzzle or riddle. There is no play book, no recipe….whenever you deal with mother nature, you are certain to be thrown curve balls. Winemaking is no exception, and without blending enough art into the science you will fall short of extraordinary. Winemaking by the numbers equals boring, uninteresting, "safe" wines. Yaaaaaaaawwwwwn.
Nothing great comes without risk and passion, and our team has never fallen short in either of those areas. Back in the early days of developing our Four Vines label (working out of a glorified bike shed behind a Victorian house in severe stages of remodeling) we created our first 4V OVC Zin. The funding for this project came from a credit card cash advance combined with maxing out my Berkeley grad student loans. A little nerve-racking, but we never looked in the rear view mirror. The move to focus on hi-end wines in a down economy can be considered a bit insane, but we have never been shy of insanity either.
"7 "Eccentric" Geniuses Who Were Clearly Just Insane (borrowed from Cracked.com)
7. Pythagoras – Greek mathematician
And our vote for eccentric genius #0 ……drum roll please….our own beloved Zinbitch, Paso Winemaker and Firestarter. We are stoked to have you join our pack of insane Cypher-loving Freaks. This new winemaking journey as Cypher will continue to push the art of winemaking. Enjoy the ride.
Yours in Anarchy,
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