Cabernet Sauvignon 56%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Malbec 16%, Petit Verdot 8%
AROMA violets, crème de cassis, graphite, cedar, dark chocolate
FLAVOR cranberry, blueberry, black cherry, sweet pipe tobacco, vanilla
FOOD PAIRINGS slate grilled rib eye with poblano pan fry, Moroccan chicken skewers with mint and grilled tomato, rosemary and garlic lamb chops
Viking is an example of mountain terroir bringing special qualities to a wine. This Bordeaux style blend is all about elevation and its extreme site. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates but the influence of the supporting cast makes this an ensemble effort. Different than valley floor vineyards, the elevation effect promotes UV exposure and a warm to cool temperature variation. Slope and poor chalk-rock soils contribute to vine stress.
2013 continued California’s drought but proved beneficial to fruit ripening. Harvested in mid September the 4 varieties were handled separately beginning with an initial hand sorting, de-stemming and brief cold soak. Yeast inoculation and fermentation continued in 1-2 ton s/s vats with twice daily manual punch downs followed by 30 day extended maceration. Wines matured in new and 2 year old French oak cooperage. Its youth and moderate grip relaxes with aeration revealing classic aromatics of violets, black currants, cranberry and blue fruit plus hints of graphite and cedar spice. Best decanted in the near term, drink through 2025.