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2011 Turley Wine Cellars Petite Sirah Rattlesnake Ridge Howell Mountain
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About Turley Wine Cellars

When it comes to California Zinfandels, Larry Turley is the master. His are huge, exotic reds that often have head-spinning alcohol and a bit of residual sugar, but at their core, are really showcases for the rich, ripe, old-vine fruit...

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2011 Turley Wine Cellars Petite Sirah Rattlesnake Ridge Howell Mountain

Producer: Turley Wine Cellars
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Petite Sirah
Origin: California
Region: Napa
Appellation: Howell Mountain

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95 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013

(just 13.7% alcohol, from vines planted at a dense 3-by-4-foot spacing and harvested just before the early October rain):  Deep, saturated ruby.  Distinctly northern Rhone-like (Cote-Rotie?) aromas of blackberry, licorice, smoke and flint.  Very smoky and peppery in the mouth, with fleshy, savory tastes of dark berries and smoky minerals dominating.  Perfect ripeness and sweetness of fruit here thanks to long hang time.  Very long and broad on the smoothly tannic back end.  A great petite sirah in the making; wonderfully rich and ripe for its relatively modest alcohol.

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Petite Sirah

Even though the origins of this grape are in France, California is the place to look for the best expressions of Petite Sirah. The "Petite" in the name refers not to the size of the vines but rather to the size of the grapes. In fact, the high skin to juice ratio that accompanies the small berries allows Petite Sirah to produce wines with high tannins and...
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