93 points, Jeb Dunnuck
"From the Viking Estate Vineyard, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Viking Estate Vineyard spent 20 months in half new French oak barrels. It offers a terrific bouquet of toasted bread, crème de cassis, black raspberries, vanilla bean and spring flowers. Supple, sexy, layered and gorgeously polished, with tons of fruit, it would cost three times the price if it came from Napa."
92 - 94 points - Robert Parker's, Wine Advocate
"Less aromatic than the Signature cuvee and showing slightly more base notes of blackcurrants, bouquet garni, and graphite, the 2014 Viking Blend is a rich, mouth-coating and concentrated barrel sample that has nicely integrated oak, ripe tannin and savory profile. Drink it through 2024."
2014 proved to be one of the best vintages in the last decade characterized by a more constant daily temperature range without the heat spikes that sometimes plague the inland Paso Robles summer season. A continuation of the drought, now into its 3rd year added stress and kept yields down while “deficit irrigation” minimized ground water applications to specific growth cycles and soil moisture monitoring. Harvest from mid to late September benefited from Indian summer conditions yielding high levels of skin pigments and fruit density. Small lot fermentations with indigenous yeast were followed by prolonged maceration, ultimately finishing in French oak for 20 months (50% new).