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2008 Turley Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Ridge (750ml)
Producer: Turley Wine Cellars turleywinecellars.com
Appellation: Howell Mountain - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Petite Syrah
Maturity: Hold
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$44.00
Tasting Notes:
tasted: April 11, 2010 , Ray Gaitan
"Turley Estate - not Rattlesnake"
rated: December 19, 2009 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
90 points "All five of Turley’s 2008 Petite Syrahs (they do not spell it “Sirah”) are extraordinary, and I could probably write the same tasting notes for each. My favorites include the Hayne Vineyard and Library Vineyard, followed by the Pesenti Vineyard, which shows more chalky graphite characteristics. They all possess huge aromas of blackberries, blueberries, and ink, massive fruit concentration, enormous body, and a lot less alcohol than the Zinfandels (a character of this varietal). Readers who purchase any of these cuvees should forget them for 10 years, and drink them over the following 25-30 years. They will handsomely repay the investment in patience. (90-92)." Best 2019-2044
rated: May 19, 2010 , Stephen Tanzer wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
91 points "Saturated ruby. Black fruits, camphor, melted chocolate and espresso on the nose. Dense but youthfully imploded, with a strong spine of acids and tannins keeping the dark fruit and flinty mineral flavors under wraps today. Sweet and chewy but also serious and backward. Finishes ripely tannic and long. A "mere" 14.8% alcohol, lower than the many zinfandels that preceded it."