2011 Turley "Library Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Turley’s 2011 Petite Syrah Library Vineyard proves why this great site simply must not be abandoned. A magnificent wine, the 2011 Library boasts stunning depth and purity. The balance of fruit and tannin, so hard to get right with Petite Syrah, is on the money. Although still an infant, the 2011 is immensely promising. I can’t wait to taste it again next year. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(from a vineyard originally planted in the 1890s; a field blend of 14 red and 12 white varieties, including a good amount of muscadelle): Very bright deep ruby. Bright nose dominated by strawberry and licorice. Expressive and powerful, with chewy, slightly exotic black fruit, strawberry and spice flavors complicated by a sexy stone fruit element (the white grapes comprise 10% to 15% of the blend, according to winemaker Passalacqua). Hugely tannic and primary, but with captivating, almost muscaty perfume. Really one of a kind.
An exotic, beguiling beauty, the 2011 Petite Syrah Library Vineyard is laced with juniper, berries, sage, rosemary and a host of savory/floral notes. There are plenty of nuances in the glass, but overall the Library Petite is a bit light in this vintage, which is probably a reflection of the field blend in the vineyard and the tough vintage. The Library remains one of the most distinctive and unique wines in the Turley portfolio. (AG)
A terrific expression of Petite, offering lovely violet and white pepper notes up front, folding into candied raspberry, fresh cherry and fruit punch flavors. Finds a balance of intensity and power, retaining freshness and grace, with velvety tannins. Drink now through 2026. (MW)
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.