Turley Wine Cellars was founded in 1993 by Larry Turley and specializes in small lots of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from some of California’s most historic and treasured vineyards.
Just a handful of vineyards in California have survived to reach a lifespan of more than 100 years (the Registry of Historic Vineyards lists just 8 from Napa). These vineyards are predominantly Zinfandel and they represent a priceless living link to Napa’s past – they’ve survived prohibition, disease and the Great Depression. Vineyards including Moore, Monte Rosso, Pagani Ranch and Hayne are some of the most recognized and respected in California. If California were to ever designate its own “Grand Cru” vineyards, these would certainly be among the first considered.
Dark red in color. 16.3% ABV. Jammy, brambly red fruits on the nose. Raspberry compote, pepper, licorice, flowers and kirsch on the palate. No heat whatsoever. No overripe flavors of raisins or prunes. Beautiful Zinfandel. It’s time to drink this wine.
My rating: 92 points.
Turley wines are available via the mailing list and periodically at retail. Along with other wineries like Carlisle and Bedrock, Turley is at the forefront of the California Zinfandel revolution. This winery never ceases to amaze me. Highly recommended.
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