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2012 Turley - Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Ridge

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Petite Sirah
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SKU: 99569-2012-750-1A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    (15.1% alcohol): Saturated ruby. Brooding aromas of blueberry, licorice pastille and bitter chocolate. Hugely rich but youthfully imploded, showing an almost candied ripeness to the inky black and blue fruit flavors. Tannins are huge but not dry. This remarkably dense wine will need several years to open in bottle and come into focus. The very high pH of 4.0 shows in the wine's exotic character but it does not lack for structure.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Fragrant, with lavender, chai tea and dark rye bread aromas, offering a core of huckleberry and blackberry flavors. The dark espresso details and firm, dense tannins don't interfere with the long, expressive finish.
    Author: MaryAnn Worobiec
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2012 Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Ridge is a powerful, inky, exotic effort that is super-dark and rich.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: npayab
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Jam02110
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.

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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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 60 bottles owned
  • 43 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 43 collectors)