2011 Turley "Library Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah

SKU #1164489 94-96 points 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)  (12/2012)

93 points 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.  (5/2013)

93 points Vinous

 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)  (11/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (3/2014)

K&L Notes

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.

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Petite Sirah

- Once thought to be related to the Rhône's Syrah, it ends up that Petite Sirah is more closely related to the Southern French varietal Durif, which is virtually extinct in France. On the other hand, Petite Sirah thrives in California, where it is prized for its ink-dark color, rich, peppery, black-fruited tannic wine and ability to age. There is even a group passionately devoted to the varietal called PS I Love You. While often bottled varietally, Petite Sirah is also frequently blended with Zinfandel to give that wine structure, and is usually among the varietals planted in the old vine field blends of Northern California. The grape is also grown with some success is South America - Brazil and Argentina, in particular - and in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.