2005 Turley "Hayne Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Not surprisingly, one of the great Petite Syrahs made in this vintage has again come from the Hayne Vineyard. Turley’s inky/blue/purple-tinged 2005 Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard possesses a boatload of tannin as well as a fabulously concentrated attack and mid-palate. This full-bodied monster reveals beautiful purity and intensity as well as a superb attack and richness. Give it 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the next 20-25 years. (RP)
Healthy bright ruby. Pure, sexy nose combines blackberry, gunflint and dark chocolate. Plush, silky and seamless on the palate, but with less intensity and chewiness than the extraordinary 2004. But this more polite example of the variety is plenty dense and impeccably balanced. Finishes with sweet, fine-grained tannins and terrific length. The yield of 2.33 tons per acre is actually high in the context of the last dozen vintages. (ST)
Dense and chewy. Pretty floral, huckleberry and wild berry fruit flavors, with hints of spice and cedar. Balanced, intense, even elegant, ending with a touch of fresh earth and anise. (MW)
The Hayne vineyard, on the west side of St. Helena, has Zinfandel vines that are over 100 years old. Otty Hayne planted the Petite Sirah while home from college in 1953. These vines are head-trained and dry-farmed, and produce low yields of a powerful, intense Petite. Like many Petite Sirahs from older sites this wine will age slowly and gracefully.