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Turley The Label 2011 – Sometimes, Words Are Just Not Enough

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Turley TheLabelWine triggers emotions. Emotions become memory knots. Sometimes, just one quick look at the bottle is enough to unleash the memory flood – where, what, how, the images and thoughts are just start coming in. Wine triggers the memory of the moment in the past, and we remember what was happening. But how often do we remember the wine itself? How often do we remember the smell and the taste? Take the wine out of the context of the memorable event, just bring it back to the regular Monday night, just an average, uneventful night – how many Monday (or any other regular weekday or weekend) night bottles can you recall?

And then there are wines which require no memorable setting to be memorable on their own. The wines which don’t bring the memories of the moment, but rather memory of itself. Those wines are rare, few and far in between. But they exist. And from time to time, we are lucky enough to encounter one more. My latest encounter? 2011 Turley The Label.

2011 Turley The Label Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (13.4% ABV) was released in the late fall of 2013, and came out in its traditional simple bottle. Dark garnet color liquid went into the glass. Swirl, another swirl, sniff… OMG. What is it? What is this wonderful aroma, which doesn’t let you put the glass down – nor take a sip – the first smell commands another… and another … and another. At first, you are not even looking for the right words to describe what you smell, you just keep enjoying the aroma. Then the brain starts moving impatiently – “I know this smell, I know this smell, come on, come on”. All of a sudden, the realization comes in – yes, I do know the smell. It is black currant. Bot not the berries. It is the leaves. It’s those meaty, big green leaves on a hot summer day – that’s what it is – and the smell is incredible.

Similar to the fresh meadows of Fiction, or gunflint of Frédéric Gueguen Chablis, those fresh black currant leaves of Turley The Label create an unforgettable image – really a memorable wine in its own right. The magnificent smell was followed by the dark supple fruit on the palate – blackberries and black currant, with firm tannins. It took the wine three days to open up and to actually show what it is capable of, when dark chocolate and espresso joined the profile of much brighter fruit, well structured with supple tannins, good acidity and overall perfect balance. Definitely a great wine which will need about 10 years to really come to its best. Drinkability: 8+

What are your most memorable wines? I would love to hear your stories. Happy Monday and cheers!

  1. January 20, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Great piece! Hope I can try it soon!

    • talkavino
      January 20, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks Alissa!

  2. January 20, 2014 at 8:54 am

    a house Chianti in Greve; i don’t remember the exact taste of the wine but i remember the sunlight and company and good food and climate and geography. i also fondly recall the best meal i’ve ever eaten at a little place south of Athens – a place the locals took me to where they cooked everything outside over a fire – and again, the wine was a white house wine which as a component was forgettable but as part of a wonderful, glowing afternoon it became an unforgettable experience.

    • talkavino
      January 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Kirsten! Those memory knots which wine creates are amazing…

  3. January 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Really nicely written review. Now I have to find a bottle and sniff, once I’m over this blasted cold and I can smell again. Black Currant leaves, wow!

    • talkavino
      January 20, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks Suzanne! This was very unique and memorable wine !

  4. January 20, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Would love to try some more American wines like this one but according to Wine Searcher the closest store is 850km away from me in Denmark..

    Very nice review! I enjoyed reading about this wine 🙂

    • talkavino
      January 20, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks, Julian! Let me know when you are in New York area – I got a few bottles to share!

  5. January 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Great post!

    • talkavino
      January 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you!

  6. January 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    The first and second time I tried the ’89 Lynch Bages plus sitting in the garden in North Carolina and drinking Don Melchor for the first time. Etched in the memory banks as three of my iconic wine experiences.

    • talkavino
      January 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Sounds very good! Thanks for sharing!

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