2004 Turley "Library Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Petite Syrah reveals a black/purple color as well as notes of graphite, smoke, blackberries, blueberries, creme de cassis, a liqueur of mineral-like intensity, and huge tannin and concentration. A meaty effort, tasting almost like a liqueur of bloody steak is the 2004 Petite Syrah Library Vineyard. This is a prodigious wine that should be purchased only by those with cold cellars and good DNA for longevity as it will all age for 40-50 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full ruby. Aromatic nose combines maraschino cherry, blackberry and licorice. Suaver and more delineated than the Turley Estate and Rattlesnake Ridge petite sirah bottlings, even if this is the highest of the three in alcohol, at 15.5%. Peppery black fruits are high-toned and very concentrated, and nicely lifted by a floral complexity. Finishes with big, rich tannins. (ST)
Turley Wine Cellars makes 34 wines, the vast majority of which are single-vineyard-designate Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs. By focusing on old vines in particular, Turley aims to both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture. All of the vineyards are either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or are somewhere in the process, and they use all natural yeasts in the fermentations.