2004 Terlato Vineyards Dry Creek valley Syrah – 88 points

2004 Terlato Vineyards Dry Creek

(USA, California, Napa Valley)

I also tasted the 2003 Angels peak. I thought the 2003 needed more time.  Just tried the 2004 Dry Creek and felt this one was a little better than the Angels peak although it could still use a couple years.  The wine still felt tight and like it wanted to release but did not yet. In the glass it went stale in about 20 minutes.

Overall this was a good wine. Quality wine. Smooth and had good balance with medium complexity.

The color was a dark purple.  The nose was more like a merlot with some cherry and blueberries however the 2003 aroma was a little stronger.  The palate had a little bang on the start with good fruit and just the right tannins.  Had hints of floral.  This wine did feel like a new world wine though and lacked a strong Cabernet quality. I got a hint of stainless steel in this wine when first tried.  Had some spicy oak on it as well.  Close to 45 bucks a bottle.  Good wine that is worth a try but borderline at the price.

From their site:

Anthony Terlato, a leader in the wine industry for over 50 years, is a particular devotee of red Bordeaux blends and has been enjoying and cellaring those wines since the early 60s. When he began producing his own wines in California, he wanted to pay tribute to some of his favorite Bordeaux wines with a special selection of varietal blends. And thus the “Peak Series” of wines of Napa Valley Bordeaux blends were born to honor some grand crus of Bordeaux. Angels’ Peak is the first blend in the series, following the traditions and methods of the Pomerol region which is known for its fruit forward wines dominated by the Merlot grape. This wine is a rich, lush tribute to Pomerol.

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