2003 Turley "Hayne Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
(Note from 02/2005 review, re-reviewed with no new note in 06/2005) The 2003 Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard displays the telltale squid ink-like color with some purple hues, and a stupendous nose of pure, black fruits intermixed with minerals, licorice, and incense. Full-bodied, with massively extracted flavors but incredibly well-balanced and vibrant, this wine needs 5-10 years of bottle-age and should age effortlessly for a quarter of a century. (RP)
*Cellar Selection* What an aroma. So Côte-Rôtie, so powerful and rich, yet so refined. Masses of white pepper, cassis, freshly ground French roast, cocoa, gingersnap cookie, char, vanilla, cinnamon—and that’s just the smell! In the mouth, there’s all that and more. Dry, massive, deep and long. A triumph.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby. Exotic aromas of black cherry, candied dark berries and licorice. Like a confiture of dark berries and black cherry in the mouth, given penetration and grip by underlying mineral character and powerful tannic spine. (ST)
Intense and rustic, with dense, chewy tannins that dominate the core wild berry and chocolate, with hints of nutmeg and cedar, turning austere and dry on the finish. Best to decant. (JL)
Turley labels their Petite from the Hayne Vineyard "Petite Syrah." According to Wine & Spirits magazine: "No one in California in recent years has been puzzling over the mysteries of Petite Sirah more than Tegan Passalacqua, who has been making wine with Turley Wine Cellars since 2003. While the winery is renowned for its Zins, Petite Sirah at Turley is treated with similar attention and respect — they make five, more than any other winery in the state ... A well-farmed vineyard site, or a balanced vineyard of older vines, will contribute significantly to the inherent character of the fruit. Passalacqua has access to some of the most heralded sites in the Napa Valley, of which two vineyards — Hayne and Library — are practically legendary." Provenance note from the winery: "The Hayne Petite Syrah was planted in 1953 by Audi Hayne while he was home from college visiting his grandfather. All head-trained, dry-farmed and organic, this Petite Syrah is one of the most unique wines in California. Powerful and inky in its youth, the wine becomes more feminine and refined with age, and will outlive us all."