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2009 Turley - Petite Syrah Library Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 96 WA
  • Variety
    Petite Sirah
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SKU: 73598-2009-750-2B
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    It was difficult to chose a favorite although the 2009 Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Ridge, Hayne Vineyard and Library Vineyard are the three greatest in terms of concentration, depth and potential complexity. As I have said so many times, Petite Sirah is by far the most underrated varietal in California, so it is reassuring to see how many producers continue to make remarkable wines with around 13-14% alcohol as well as 20-40+ years of aging potential.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: swimmer
Making "big reds" has been Larry Turley's passion since giving up his co-ownership of Frog's Leap Winery in 1993. Turley Wine Cellars is run by Larry and his wife Suzanne. Larry's sister, winemaker Helen Turley, made the wines here until 1995. Now the honor goes to Ehren Jordan, who also makes wines for Neyers. With a focus on producing old-vine Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, Turley sources fruit from vineyards some of which date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. Both the Zinfandels and Petite Sirahs have a dark, saturated, inky color, with intense fruit flavors that make unforgettable statements about the power and complexity these varieties may attain.

See other similar producers:Elyse Winery,Outpost Wines,Pax Wine Cellars

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Petite Sirah is a thick-skinned, unusually dark, tannic, and full-bodied variety most known for giving color and structure to Bordeaux blends. It is a rare grape, with fewer than 10,000 acres planted worldwide, mostly in California. It can withstand very hot climates but it often loses its acidity and fruit when grown in these environments. The best wines display aromas of blackberry jam, blueberry, vanilla, chocolate, and clove. Napa producers Turley, Switchback Ridge, Robert Foley and Pride Mountain produce some of the best wines from Petite Sirah.

Petite Sirah’s full-body and high level of tannins pair best with bold, rich, fatty foods such as barbequed beef, sauced dishes, aged gouda, and mushrooms. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 52 bottles owned
  • 31 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 31 collectors)