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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.

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Maybach Wine
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Maybach, Materium, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005

Wine Rating: 95

“But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece…” – Lorde from the song ‘Royals’

Summer is over, put the white wine away for a few months and enjoy the rich robustness of red grape varietals like Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel to name a few. The holiday season is here and spending quality time with family and friends while enjoying a powerful red is something I look forward to as soon Labor Day ends and the beach chairs are put in the shed for the next 9 months.

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John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Harlan Estates, The Maiden, 1997

Wine Rating: 93

Some people know the stats for their favorite baseball players since ’59. I have a co-worker who, as a hobby, is a historian on all things Napoléon. Nearly everyone has their thing. Wine is mine. On Facebook, I post photos of my wine allocations and bottles I’m having at dinner. I read wine books about historic wineries and all sorts of varietals. I spend many hours online searching wine auctions, seeing what hidden gems I can find. I do about two weeks of research for every article I write. At every restaurant I go to, I find myself redoing their wine list in my head and I share, with whomever I’m dining with, what I believe they should be selling. All my friends refer to me as the Wine Geek. They ask me “What should I bring to a dinner party I’m attending?”

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