Cabernet Sauvignon Viking Vineyard Reserve 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon Viking Vineyard Reserve 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

92 points. Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine


berry patch, red and blue fruits


black cherry and black currant compote of ripe flavors dusted with sweet baking spices with subtle hints of vanilla bean and sweet pipe tobacco


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Drink now through 2020. 

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Tweaking the “elevage” the wine was racked back to oak “barriques” for an additional 4 months following an assemblage of the best barrels, mostly sourced from the upper ridge tops of the vineyard.  This extended maturation, totaling 26 months, together with enhanced aeration promoted a softer, well delineated tannin profile and gave this structured wine a greater degree of accessibility in its youth.  Drawing from its mountain top terroir, Viking has a characteristic high toned fruit quality, from its initial aromatics of red and blue fruits, to its graphite minerality.

This year’s Viking has a sense of sculptured elegance in its finely cut contours of crisp cherry-like fruit and balancing acidity with subtle hints of vanilla bean and sweet pipe tobacco.   With patience and a bit of decanting the wine fills out, gaining a voluptuousness and generosity of flavors.  Decanting is recommended for current drinking or hold up through 2020. Houston International Wine Competition- Gold Medal.

Vineyard Details:

AVA: Paso Robles

Vineyard: Viking Estate Vineyard

Elevation: 1,600 feet

Grade: 30%

Soils: Calcareous Limestone

Clone: 8

Rootstock: 110R

Planted Acres: 15


Vintage Details:

Varieties: 100% Cab Sauvignon

Cases: 225 cases produced

Release Date: March 18, 2013

CA Suggested Retail: $75



Barrel aged 26 months in 100% French oak (85% new).

Bottled: January 25, 2012

Unfined, Unfiltered.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2009
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard Designation Viking Vineyard
Connoisseurs' Guide 92

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