1999 Turley Wine Cellars Petite Sirah Hayne Vineyard Napa Valley

1999 Turley Wine Cellars Petite Sirah Hayne Vineyard Napa Valley

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97 Points Wine Advocate, 2002
97 Points Wine Advocate, 2000

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This is not wine. I'm not certain what it is. All I know is that it is nearly black, thicker than port, and amazingly good. Those who cannot get a hold of this wine (or the Turley Rattlesnake Acres Petite Sirah) should check out D'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz -- this is the closest wine I've had to this -- and is actually almost as good.

About Turley Wine Cellars

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Winery Name

Turley Wine Cellars

Web Site

http://www.turleywinecellars.com/

Napa Valley 1999

Napa’s 1999 was a slow-paced, cool growing season with very few heat spikes, which allowed a long hang-time for flavors, sugars, and tannins to come into perfectly balanced ripeness. If growers picked too early, instead of waiting it out in the long, dry Indian summer condition for the grapes to slowly come to maturity, or failed to crop thin and balance fruit loads for the cooler conditions, the vines struggled to get to perfect physiological ripeness, leaving a little flavor on the table and imparting a hard edge to the tannins. The best wines — and there are many outstanding wines in this cool, compact yet powerful vintage — are structured, concentrated, and focused, with the tannins and depth to age for the long haul.

The spring was cool and lingering, followed by a mild summer with a significant hot spell in early July. The weather warmed up again in late September as the harvest was underway. There was very little rainfall from April through October, resulting in concentrated, small berries. The long, cool season kept acids bright and fresh, and there is something to the argument that this was a more “European” styled vintage in the best sense of the term.

Solid, compact, structured wines, with somewhat Bordeaux-like interplay between power, structure, fruit, acidity, and elegance — the best of which should age well for a decade or two at least.

 

Key Dates

May
Scattered showers and hail over Memorial Day Weekend (North Coast)

June
Heavy winds and coldest recorded temperatures to date

July
Lowest accumulated temperature for in a quarter century

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