A much different wine than the 2008 and 2009, both of which were fleshy and opulent straight from release. This wine follows the 2010 Napa Valley vintage characteristics of density and tightly wound.
Upon opening, it shows a shy nose, with tannin obscuring the underlying fruit. After aeration though, the tannins recede a bit and it opens up, revealing a delicious, pure core of cherry, kirsch, anise, sage, and a touch of earth. The purity is the main focus here, because on the finish the tannin rides back in to clip it slightly.
Again, this is a different wine from the open-knit and showy 2008 and 2009. The 2010 bottling is built much more for the longer haul, and it's pretty tight at this point. It will undoubtedly outlast its earlier siblings in the cellar, it's just not as quick out of the gate as those two. Try again in 3-4 years.
An unusual wine from Turley, tasting like a hypothetical blend of Beaujolais Nouveau and Beaujolais Cru.....but created in America from a grape that isn't grown in Burgundy. Fruity, a little earth, with no real tannin and a tapering finish, this bottling is a quaffer and no more, and appropriately priced as such for $18 at a local retailer. Tastes like fruit from very young vines, but that's not the case...apparently this vineyard was first planted in 1886.
We tried this wine right out of the gate, meaning critical analysis after less than 60 seconds from opening. It's a deliciously juicy Rhone effort with mature underpinnings of garrigue, granite and earth. It's lightly peppery too, which keeps the fruit lively plus adds more Rhone credentials. A short term lay down will likely get the best from it, but you should bury one or two for a decade to see what happens. HIGH quality.