2008 Keplinger - Syrah Kingpin Rows 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2008 Kingpin Rows (100% Syrah from Pelkan Ranch) shows gorgeous intensity, focus and clarity. It is a beautifully delineated wine layered with considerable complexity. Dark blue/purple fruits, bacon fat and licorice wrap around the intense finish. Today the wine is quite bold and forward, especially in its fruit, but aromatic complexity and nuance should develop in bottle.

Drink Dates: 2013-2023
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 198

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Firm and concentrated, with dried berry, roasted coffee, mineral, cedar, tar and tobacco character. Medium- to full-bodied, gaining weight and depth on the finish, where the flavors fold together nicely. Ends with subtle flavor nuances. Drink now through 2018. 135 cases made.

Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

(100% syrah): Rather stunted on the nose today; far less aromatic than the 2007. Then sweet, plush and slightly warm, with concentrated, ripe, smooth flavors of dark fruits and bitter chocolate. Finishes with substantial broad tannins and very good length. Extended aeration brought more smoky dark fruits and black olive. Like the 2007 version, this needs more time in bottle--or a serious decanting.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: BoxsterVino
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/08/2014

Rating: 93
Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 10/30/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2018
Site Blog: The Wine Forum A superb wine that is deep and elegant at the same time. Color: Red with purple tones, dark core. Nose: Aromas of blackberry, currant, creosote, savory and fresh flowers. Palate: Very pure and seamless. A driven wine that excels in its balance and depth that prolongs the finish. The black fruits meld well with the minerality and a seamless integration with oak. The tannin is pronounced, but this is only a baby being a 2008, those tannins should soften in time as the wine matures. ROCK solid with a rack of lamb! Last tasted with Helen in Napa in June 2010 this wine has gained more complexity and depth.

Average rating: 93, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

17 bottles owned by 11 collectors.

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About This Producer


Premiering her own brand with the 2006 vintage, Helen Keplinger has already been active in wine on two continents. She has worked with Heidi Barrett and Kathy Joseph in California, and made the first three vintages of Melis in Priorat. Production of the first release of Keplinger, (Syrah, and a Grenache-based/Syrah blend) is all sourced from Knights Valley and is under 300 cases. A Mourvedre is also produced.

Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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