Syrah Viking Vineyard Reserve 2012
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Vineyard Designation
Viking Estate Vineyard
Alcohol %

Syrah Viking Vineyard Reserve 2012

Syrah 100% 

91 points. Wine Advocate, Robert Parker Jr.
91 Points. Vinous
90 points. Connoissuers' Guide 


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blueberries, violets, subtle BBQ smoke, North African spices, graphite shavings  
blueberry liqueur, roasting pan juices, violet pastille  
white bean stew with duck confit & sausage, pork loin roast with fennelgarlic rub, hanger steak with shallots, thyme & Dijon mustard sauce 

Drink now through 2020.

Adelaida’s two acre section of Viking Syrah, planted in 1991, traces its lineage to the exalted Hermitage appellation of the Northern Rhône, known locally as the Estrella clone. Situated on a south facing ridge and planted in alkaline calcareous soils, the vines struggle, which produce low yields and defined flavors. Characterized by tight clusters and small berries, the wine is dense with an extreme purity and blue fruit aromatics.  

Due to its elevated, sun exposed site and soil induced vine stress, this tiny vineyard block reaches optimum ripeness earlier than other plantings. A classic warm Paso summer led to a late August harvest, fruit was destemmed, allowed a moderate cold soak, and then fermented on indigenous yeast with twice daily manual punch downs. The wine rested for 20 months in four large French oak puncheons, 2/3 new. Viking Syrah is very age-worthy, recommend decanting for current consumption, or can be cellared through 2020. 

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