2011 Turley "Estate" Napa Valley Petite Syrah

SKU #1289606 94 points Vinous

 A deep, inky wine, the 2011 Petite Syrah Turley Estate boasts striking depth and nuance. Blackberries, licorice, tar, smoke and a host of dark aromas and flavors flesh out in a big, powerful wine endowed with tons of pedigree. If opened anytime soon, the 2011 needs a lot of air to show at its best. There is a lot going on in the glass, and plenty of potential for the future. (AG)  (11/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Nicely fragrant, with plumeria and violet notes complemented by flavors of plum preserves, crushed raspberry and boysenberry. The details are wrapped in firm tannins, but this exudes an air of elegance and polish. Drink now through 2020. (MW)  (10/2013)

89-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Petite Syrah Turley Estate is a standout once again. Rich, dark and seamless, the Estate caresses the palate with layers of expressive dark fruit. This is an especially powerful, dense wine for the year. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021. (AG)  (12/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby-blue color. Distinctly wild aromas of black fruits and meat. Super-concentrated, ripe and spicy, offering outstanding definition and lift but with a surprisingly creamy texture to its dark fruit flavors. Finishes very long and savory with huge, palate-coating tannins. (ST)  (5/2013)

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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.