A quick note from a party…. Unbelievable nose- black fruits galore, chai tea, olives and blueberry jam. On the palate I get gorgeous blue fruit ganache, really tight knit tannins – crunchy acidity. Sublime wine that is full bodied and long. It shows off bright Napa sunshine in the fruit which I think will evolve nicely in the next 10-15 years. Drink till 2030. 93 points if not 94 for this bold $45 effort. 5 Stars. Salut….
Blackish purple in the glass. Nose of cedar, black plums and tea. On the palate this wine immediately lets you know it is well built with hefty tannins. The flavors of plum, black cherry and pepper are fighting for control with the amazing tannins. I am loving this wine’s mouthfeel today in particular because it will pair beautifully with the ribeyes on the grill. If the dryness is overpowering for you I suggest a trip through a vinturi or decanting. The wine has a nice finish and the tannins go on forever. I really love this varietal and this is one excellent example. 92 points and 4 stars for this $40 offering. Salut….
This is my second Turley from this vineyard. It was given to us as a very generous gift. This Napa Valley offering is a black wine in the glass hinting to some deep extraction. You know how I love this varietal, especially when it is rich and coating. It boasts a thick nose of black fruits, bramble and violets. The initial attack consists of black berries, cherry and some Pomegranate. Tannic yet balanced with some bracing acidity, this should cellar well. Medium finish and a well hidden 15.4% alcohol. 2015-2020. 91 points for this $80 offering make it a 3 star effort. Wish I had more. Salut….
Out to dinner with friends last week and this little beauty showed up on the wine list. I love Petite Sirah, it is a highly flexible grape that always shows off great tannins, plums and ages well. It is tannicly well endowed and never lacks for power. This one was really tasty but my notes were rather short, we had been at it for a while. Dark fruits and plum nose with vanilla. Full on plum and vanilla creme pie with some ginger on the finish. Balance in acidity and tucked in tannins. This wine is drinking nicely now with 4 years of age but will certainly go the distance. 2014-2024 91 points and 3 stars for this $40 offering. A yummy wine that will go well with grilled meats, pasta and of course some charcuterie. Salut….
This is a varietal that I have fallen in love with. Not a Sirah, nor is it petite. The grape is also known as Durif overseas and offers up hefty tannins with spice and plum being the main component flavors. This particular bottle had a few years of mellowing time and it came across with black currants and plum on the nose with a nearly black complexion in the glass. Licorice was very prominent along with black fruits and cola. Sharp tannins and great acidity balanced each other beautifully on the mouthfeel and I really enjoyed the whole package. I paid dearly for it at the Charlie Palmer Steak restaurant in Reno, but found it online for $30. It was the final evening of my Reno adventure and was well suited to our Filet dinner. 91 points and 4 stars from me. Salut….
I first got a nosefull of blueberry, but after a while it turned more blackberry meets plum in an oak tub. On the palate, well integrated tannins meld with blueberry pie and spice. Slightly annoying alcohol is excused by the smoothness, but 14.4% is too much. This dark purple offering is just a babe, I reckon in 2 years its gonna rock when all the pieces are in the right places. I thoroughly enjoyed this wine and reckon it’s a 91 pointer with 5 stars in my book.