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1998 Turley "Hayne" Napa Valley Petite Syrah

SKU #997086 90-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There are only 325 cases of the blockbuster, sensationally rich, hyper-concentrated 1998 Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (14.5% alcohol). It exhibits ripeness, impressive concentration, and a blockbuster, gargantuan finish that lasts for 40-45 seconds. This effort possesses exquisite purity and fabulously ripe, unmanipulated fruit that cuts a creamy, lush texture on the palate. The Hayne Vineyard requires 3-4 years of cellaring, and will keep for at least two decades. (RP)  (1/2000)

92 points Vinous

 Good medium-deep ruby-red. Highly complex, soil-inflected aromas of orange zest, espresso, mint, pepper and methol; smells fully mature. Sweet and supple, combining slightly roasted red and darker fruits with pepper and sexy spices. Nicely integrated acidity keeps the mid-palate fresh, but the tannins are bit dusty. From a vintage that brought larger-than-usual berries, noted Larry Turley. (ST)  (5/2015)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright black-ruby to the rim. Extremely reticent nose hints at cassis, bitter chocolate and spicy oak. Intense, somewhat aggressive flavors of cassis and licorice. Dense and spicy. Firmly tannic, but the tannins seem riper than those of the Rattlesnake Acres petite sirah.  (6/2000)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A big, rich, hearty style, loaded with plush, ripe plum, pepper, mocha and beefy notes. Has enough depth and stuffing to be cellared. Best from 2002 through 2010.  (3/2001)

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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.