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Turtle Rock Claude's Cuvee 2020 750ml

Turtle Rock Claude's Cuvee 2020

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The 2020 Claude's Cuvee is based in Syrah from one of our cooler climate vineyards, lending itself to an Old World-leaning wine with a Hermitage-reminiscent bouquet of fine white pepper, rosewater, stewed strawberry, and rhubarb. Medium to full bodied and vibrantly fruity, with stewed brambleberry, crushed granite, and dark chocolate. The tannins are creamy, smooth, and long-lasting. Aged in 70% new French oak for 22 months. 280 cases produced. Enjoy now until 2032.
Jeb Dunnuck
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A Syrah-based release with smaller amounts of Mourvèdre and Grenache (I think there's a splash of Tempranillo as well), the 2020 Claude's Cuvee has an Hermitage-like bouquet of roasted herbs, licorice, ground pepper, and meaty, leathery nuances as well as full-bodied richness, a great core of ripe Syrah fruit, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It's another rich, mouth-filling release from this estate that's more than noteworthy in the vintage.

September 26, 2022
  • v94

Dark and brooding in the glass, the 2020 Claude's Cuvée emanates up with an earthy blend of crushed plums, pencil lead, blackberries and sweet sage. This is sleek and racy in style with juicy acidity that propels its ripe red and black fruits. Savory herbal tones swirl, and edgy tannins slowly collect toward the close. It leaves a staining of concentration, finishing lightly structured and with a bitter balsamic twang that lingers on. The Claude's Cuvée, a blend of 46% Syrah, 29% Graciano, 15% Mataro and 10% Grenache, is full of potential.

March 2023

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