Syrah Viking Estate Vineyard Reserve 2005

Syrah Viking Estate Vineyard Reserve 2005

Syrah 100%
blackberries, candied violets, cedar
tart plum, thimbleberry, gamey venison
roasted venison, oak smoked tri-tip with spicy barbecue sauce

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The one and a half acres of Viking Syrah is planted to the Estrella clone, originally from Chapoutier cuttings sourced in the Northern Rhône region of France. The vineyard’s exposed, steep mountainous westside location and nutrient deficient limestone soils stress the vines, ensuring low yields, small berries, and mineral inflected fruit character.

A cooler than normal vintage added new challenges to the Reserve Syrah equation. What we lacked in density was made up with precision and clarity of fruit and varietal perfume. Additional measures this year included a “saignee”, or bleed off of free run juice (producing a full bodied dry rose), to increase the skin-to-juice ratio, and a severe selection of the best barrels, only seven of which qualified for the limited RESERVE designation.

Picked in the third week of September, the berries were destemmed and moved to open top stainless steel fermenters utilizing indigenous native yeast. Twice a day punch downs accentuated immersion of the skins and solids with the fermenting juice, resulting in deep color and tannin extraction. The resulting wine tastes of tart plum and thimbleberry fruit, with hints of gamey venison loin meatiness and a peppery finish. Precocious and showy right from the bottle, it is the Viking Syrah for more current enjoyment, while you continue to age the 2003 and 2004 vintages.

AVA: Paso Robles
Vineyard: Viking Estate
Elevation: 1,200 – 1,600 feet
Grade: 30%
Soil: Calcareous Limestone
Clone: Estrella
Rootstock: 110R
Planted Acres: 1.5        

September 20th, 2005

Alcohol: 14.1%
pH: 3.5
TA: 6.0 g/L
Brix: 24º
Yield: 1 – 1.5 tons/acre
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented
Variety: 100% Syrah
Cases: 176 cases produced
Release Date: May 1, 2007
CA Suggested Retail: $65        

Barrel aged 20 months in 100% French oak (37.5% new). 
Bottled: July 7th, 2007, Unfined, Unfiltered.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2005
Varietal Syrah
Vineyard Designation Viking Estate Vineyard
Robert Parker 90
Stephen Tanzer's 91

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