Cryptic's winemakers view their production as modern day alchemy — blending common red grape varietals into something distinct. This blend of 54 percent zinfandel, 22 percent petit syrah, 16 percent cabernet sauvignon, 6 percent barbera and 2 percent merlot was sourced from more than 25 vineyards throughout California. Each lot from the 2012 harvest was vinified and aged separately. Fermentation was split between stainless steel and oak casks, and the wine aged in small French, Hungarian and American oak barrels for 14 months. The wine offers aromas of cedar, cocoa, spice and dark berries. On the palate, taste jammy, complex flavors of ripe blackberry, currants, plum, dark cherry, toasty notes and even tannins with a touch of mocha on the finish. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with roasted or grilled meats, hearty stews, pasta dishes, pizza, burgers, smoked cheeses and barbecued ribs. Buy it at: Dorignac's, Martin Wine Cellars, Breaux Mart on Magazine Street and Severn Avenue, Canseco's Market on Esplanade Avenue, Winn-Dixie on N. Carrollton Avenue, Wall Discount & Meat Market, Magnolia Discount Shell on Lapalco Boulevard, Zara's Supermarket and many Rouses. Drink it at: Fausto's Bistro.