2010 Keplinger - Syrah Kingpin Rows 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

Game, tobacco, black olives, savory herbs and incense all take shape as the 2010 Kingpin Rows (Syrah) shows off its considerable depth and pedigree. Another dark, virtually impenetrable wine, the 2010 is also going to need a few years to settle down. An intense, mineral-infused finish laced with chocolate, grilled herbs, spices and tobacco finds support from the serious, imposing tannins. Kingpin Rows is 100% Syrah from Pelkan Ranch in Knights Valley. Sadly, 2010 is the last Kingpin Rows, as Keplinger lost access to the fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

Drink Dates: 2015-2025
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 206

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

This well-proportioned red is focused on ripe, juicy dark berry, with touches of dark chocolate, cedar, crushed rock and dried herb. Very tightly wound, but gains on the finish, where the depth and concentration are more evident.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: James Laube


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Average rating: 93, based on 2 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

20 bottles owned by 9 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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