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The 18 acre Viking Vineyard, planted in 1991, sits on a precariously steep, 30 degree south facing slope. A small 1 acre block of Cabernet Franc sits on the upper west corner of the site. Mountain elevation contributes a high toned red berry character to the fruit and the vineyard’s ideal sun exposure made up for the cooler 2010 vintage, producing classic small ripe berries.
The late season harvest amplified riper fruit elements, avoiding Cabernet Franc’s under-ripe herbal tendencies. Long cellaring in tight grain, center-of-France, medium toast new barrels, integrated and married subtle spice aromatics and contributed a broader finishing texture. On its own it is a complete wine, emphasizing perfumed aromatics and a soft, velvety texture. Decant for current drinking or cellar through 2021.