Syrah Viking Vineyard Reserve 2010
94 points. Wine Advocate, Robert Parker Jr.
It’s like dining in a Moroccan restaurant with scents of a North African spice bazaar leading off the parade of flavors
powerful raspberry liqueur-like flavors accented by a gentle mineral lift, the long finish speaks of cured meats, silky tannins and luscious red berry preserves
2010, although a bit cooler than the average Paso Robles vintage, allowed long hang times and good fruit intensity. The small planting of Syrah lies midway down the slope of the vineyard, literally a landlocked “island” in a sea of Cabernet Sauvignon. Based on the Estrella clone, these vines can trace their origins to cuttings from Chapoutier’s northern Rhone vineyards in Tain Hermitage.