2004 Turley "Hayne 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. The 2004 Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard possesses the purest fruit, density, and intensity. 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
(the yield was just one ton per acre, the lowest of any of these vintages along with 2008, with the vines picked at the beginning of September): Bright ruby to the rim. Aromas of black plum, minerals, iron and fresh blood; this wine calls for a rare steak. At once thick and sappy, boasting extraordinary density to its sweet dark fruit and iron flavors. The very long, slowly building finishes features outstanding sweetness and salinity and extremely suave tannins. This very powerful wine is developing at a snail's pace. (ST)
Dark, rich, dense and loamy. Reduced now, but has great structure, with loads of ripe, concentrated blackberry and huckleberry flavors that are complex and expansive, finishing with a burst of flavor and ample tannins. Drink now through 2013. (JL)
Turley Wine Cellars makes thirty-four wines, the vast majority of which are single vineyard designate Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs. By focusing on old vine vineyards 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 somewhere in the process, and they use all natural yeasts in the fermentations.