A new offering, the 1997 Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Acres is from a 50-year old plantation of Petite Sirah. The wine's notes suggested I needed to return to my hotel to grab my floss after tasting this wine. The color is a saturated, thick black/purple. The wine reveals surprising amounts of toasty new oak in the nose (Turley only uses 25%-30% new oak). In the mouth, it is "beyond immense, massive, and gargantuan," and should be purchased only by those seeking an adventurous wine experience. (RP)
Black-ruby! Reticent yet vibrant aromas of black raspberry, blueberry and orange peel; showed a roasted, smoky aspect with aeration. Intense flavor of crushed raw dark berries; powerfully structured but youthfully unevolved and lacking nuance today. Long and tannic on the finish. This should be an interesting wine to follow. (ST)
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