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Rivers Marie, Pinot Noir
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Rivers-Marie, Pinot Noir, 2008

Wine Rating: 93

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
― Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

I’ll not waste your time with an inane story of my wine drinking escapades. I will not share the time I got shitfaced on Absinthe in Chicago with author Neil Gaiman. Nor shall I tell you about the time I accidentally used a 1995 Petrus to make Sangria. The last bit may have come from the French movie Barbeque, but I can’t quite differentiate fact from fiction when it comes to situations I’ve experienced while drunk.


Charles Krug
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Charles Krug, Cabernet Sauvignon, 1972

Wine Rating: 90

Mondavi – the name speaks volumes within the wine world and has been considered, by some, a legacy of great quality as well as an organization known for their ingenious marketing. When you hear the name you may think Robert or Opus One. Sadly, the name may also conjure up a less flattering image, with their decision over the years to expand into the ‘lower cost markets’ with their less quality table wines, selling to big box stores and supermarkets. The Mondavi name in Napa Valley goes back over seventy-years, not to mention that the old winery, prior to the Robert Mondavi’s father purchasing it, already had over 100 years of winemaking heritage in the region. Robert also had a younger brother, Peter, who is actually my focus for this piece.


Marcassin Pinot Noir
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Marcassin, Pinot Noir, 2009

Wine Rating: 97

It seems the artistes I enjoy most, have something slightly controversial about them. Sid Vicious was so raucous and had such angst, that as a teenager I completely related to his F-U attitude. Hell, I still do. As I got older, I moved into filmmakers like John Cassavetes, Roman Polanski, and John Waters. Then there are the authors. If I were to give you the entire list of all the writers who have had an impact on my life, whose words have deeply resonate with me like no others, we’d be here for a while. So I’ll just give you the short list of the authors, who like me, are rough around the edges, but who can keep me turning a page for hours, if not days. They are Bukowski, Burroughs, Pynchon, and Hemingway. READ MORE

John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Screaming Eagle, Second Flight, 2008

Wine Rating: 95

I have waited a long time to bring you this review, to celebrate both wine and winemaker. There is much I wish to tell you about both, and at the risk of seeming overly enthused (which I am), I’m keeping this usual narrative and personal intro a bit more succinct. But know this: this wine, by far, is one you must try.

It is the best of wines. It is the worst of wines. The year was 1992 in Oakville, California. A real estate broker planted a small 54 acre vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon with the help of a well-respected and very well-known winemaker. Three years later, history was made when a mere 200 cases were bottled and Napa Valley would never be the same again. It was then that a wine legend was born, and it’s also considered to be when one of California’s first cult wines was discovered. The term “cult wine” started in the mid-‘90s and refers to highly rated wines, usually a 96 point or above, by the likes of Robert Parker and Wine Spectator, and which are limited in production to 600 – 1000 cases a year or less.