What is all the fuss about? Another cult winery, with another wait-listed membership, is it worth it? With Turley…I’m thinking YES.
One bottle, one night, one pasta in a red sauce that was full of fennel, onions, red bell peppers, anchovy, tomatoes, raisins, capers, olives, chicken demi-glace, garlic, sugar, stock…
And the Turley killed it. All I knew during dinner was that the wine was outstanding…but my review would have to wait until after I cleaned up. I sat down with my glass, sans food, and an hour of aeration, and noted:
Color: Deep garnet, paler ruby-garnet edge.
Aromas: Spiced dark plums, dark cherry, milk chocolate, toasted oak…
Taste: Balanced tannins, dark berries, cigar, stewed mushroom, rich dark earth….more fruit came through as I was tasting, possibly due to the aeration.
Finish: Counting from 1-10, as I was taught in my Wine and Spirits Education Trust sommelier course, 1-3 would be short, 4-6 would be medium, 6 and on would be long. I prayed for long. So, with a deep, thoughtful swallow, I counted…1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13…OMG.
To learn more about Turley’s Napa location, our Contributing Editor Michael covered it very well here during his visit and interview: http://evewine101.com/2011/12/31/michael-perlis-discovers-turley-wine-cellars-in-st-helena-and-a-robust-discussion-of-sirah-vs-syrah He also noted, for this article, that he believes the wait to be approximately one year for new memberships.
I went to the Turley website, to look to see what I might find in regards to wines, winemaker, philosophy and there is nothing but an email sign up for when the time comes that they are open for new membership. This is what I received via return email:
Thank you for your interest in Turley Wines! We have added your name to the Waiting List for our Mailing List. As the current demand for our wines exceeds our supply, it may be some time before we can make you an offer. As space becomes available we will contact you directly, via email; we release wine twice each year, roughly spring and fall. Please update us with any changes to your information. We greatly appreciate your patience.
In the meantime, please feel free to visit our Tasting Room in Templeton, CA where you can purchase our wine in person.
Thanks again. Fiona Duncan
Mailing List Manager
Turley Wine Cellars
2900 Vineyard Drive Templeton, CA 93465