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2004 Turley Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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.

Hayne Vineyard is located at the southwest edge St. Helena city limits. The vineyard has been owned by the Hayne family since 1872. It was replanted with Zinfandel in 1903 after phylloxera killed the original vines.

This bottle was opened on National Zinfandel Day which is typically the 3rd Wednesday of November.

Bright crimson in color. 16.2% ABV. Great nose of black fruits, flowers and melted licorice. Immense and concentrated with exceptional balance. Blackberries, raspberries, pepper and cassis on the palate. Supple tannins on an endless finish. What a prodigious Zinfandel! Drink over the next several years.

My rating: 95 points.

Turley wines are available via the mailing list and periodically at retail. The current vintage of Hayne Vineyard was $75 on release.

With all due respect to Carlisle and Bedrock, Turley is arguably the best Zinfandel producer in California. Exceptional vineyards sources throughout the state of California and no detail spared in the winemaking process. The wines are simply better than ever.

Turley has tasting rooms in both Amador and Paso Robles. If you are not on the mailing list, this is an easy way to secure bottles. Both are not to be missed if you are in the area.

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2004 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Forchini Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Williams Selyem Winery began when Ed Selyem and Burt Williams started making wine as a hobby in 1979 in Forestville, California. Their first commercial release was in 1981, and in less than two decades they created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Setting a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking, they put Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley at the forefront of the best Pinot Noir regions in the world.

Today, John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, work with winemaker Bob Cabral to carry on the passion for Pinot Noir without compromise.

Forchini Vineyard is located near Healdsburg in the Russian River Valley and was planted a little over 100 years ago.

Light red in color and just a little cloudy. 15.6% ABV. Fragrant aromas of red fruits, spice and licorice. Perfectly balanced with bright acidity. Rich, ripe and jammy. Raspberry compote, cherries and white pepper on the palate. Zinfandel at 10 years of age does not get much better. Drink over the next year.

My rating: 94 points.

Williams Selyem can periodically be found at retail, but the mailing list is highly recommended. The Zinfandel program at Williams Selyem should not be overlooked. The current release Zins cost right around $50.

In other news it was announced recently that Bob Cabral will be leaving Williams Selyem after the 2014 vintage is harvested. This is a huge blow to Williams Selyem and one that needs to be closely monitored by fans of the winery.

I wrote about Williams Selyem recently in Reflections on Two Days in Russian River Valley.

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2004 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Feeney Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Williams Selyem Winery began when Ed Selyem and Burt Williams started making wine as a hobby in 1979 in Forestville, California. Their first commercial release was in 1981, and in less than two decades they created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Setting a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking, they put Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley at the forefront of the best Pinot Noir regions in the world.

Today, John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, work with winemaker Bob Cabral to carry on the passion for Pinot Noir without compromise.

Williams Selyem gets the vast majority of their publicity for their Pinot Noirs. In recent years though, I have begun to think their Zinfandel and Chardonnay lineups rival the best of their Pinot Noirs.

Feeney Vineyard dates back to 1926. The vineyard is mostly Zinfandel but does contain a healthy amount of Alicante Bouschet and Grand Noir de la Calmette. A little Petite Sirah is interspersed as well.

Red in color. 14.9% ABV. Black fruits, anise and pepper on the nose. Medium body with a touch of acidity. Black cherry, blackberry, raspberry and plums on the palate. This wine has lost its baby fat and has developed into an exceptional claret style Zinfandel. The finish is long, spicy and supple. Drink soon.

My rating: 92 points.

Williams Selyem can periodically be found at retail, but the mailing list is highly recommended. Currently Williams Selyem is only producing a Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel. The ’12 will be released this Fall for right around $50. Act fast if you want a bottle.

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2004 Turley Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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. Ueberroth Vineyard is situated close to the ocean in Paso Robles. It was planted in 1885 and is the oldest vineyard from which Turley sources fruit.

The wine is still purple in color. 16.3% ABV. Complex nose of boysenberry, raspberry, pepper and anise. High acidity. Rich, jammy and unctuous. Raspberry compote, crushed stone, black cherry and spice on the palate. Great purity of fruit. The finish is long and lush. Drink now.

My rating: 93 points.

Ueberroth Vineyard is one of the very best wines made by Turley. The 2011 was recently released and sells for $48.

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 is firing on all cylinders and quality has never been better. Highly recommended.

In other news Turley recently opened a Tasting Room in Amador at the location of the former Karly Winery. Without question it’s worth a visit if you are in the area.

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2004 Turley Howell Mountain Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge – Bottle Notes

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.

Rattlesnake Ridge is located on Howell Mountain adjacent to the well known Black Sears Vineyard. The vineyard has volcanic soils with considerable amounts of iron and white ash.

Crimson in color with browning on the edges. 16% ABV. Sweet port-like aromas of prunes and brown sugar. Cherries, plums, rhubarb and licorice on the palate. The wine almost seems slightly maderized. I’ve had better luck with other 2004’s from Turley, so this is somewhat disappointing. Drink now.

My rating: 87 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 is firing on all cylinders and quality has never been better. Highly recommended.

In other news Turley recently opened a Tasting Room in Amador at the location of the former Karly Winery. Without question it’s worth a visit if you are in the area.

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2004 Turley Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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.

Duarte Vineyard is in Contra Costa County surrounded by housing developments. The vines date back to the 1800’s and I can only hope that this historic site does not ripped out to build McMansions.

The wine checks in at 15% ABV. Violet in color. Blueberries and white pepper on the nose. Lush palate of raspberry, blackberry and cranberry. The finish is seamless. I bought too much ’04 Turley (if such a thing is possible). I was worried that the wines would not age well, but recent bottles have left me with little doubt that these wines show beautifully beyond the first few years of bottle age.

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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2004 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Williams Selyem Winery began when Ed Selyem and Burt Williams started making wine as a hobby in 1979 in Forestville, California. Their first commercial release was in 1981, and in less than two decades they  created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Setting a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking, they put Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley at the forefront of the best Pinot Noir regions in the world.

Today, John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, work with winemaker Bob Cabral to carry on the passion for Pinot Noir without compromise.

Williams Selyem gets the vast majority of their publicity for their Pinot Noirs. In recent years though, I have begun to think their Zinfandels rival the best of the Pinot Noir lineup. The Zins are sourced from exceptional old vine vineyards like Papera, Forchini and Bacigalupi.

The Bacigalupi family has been farming grapes in the heart of the Russian River Valley for over 50 years. Located off the famed Westside Road just west of the town of Healdsburg, the Bacigalupi vineyard has become known for consistently producing world class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel.

The wine is a light ruby red, almost rust in color. 15.2% ABV. Jammy aromatics of blueberries and strawberries. Licorice, pepper, briar and plums on the palate. Elegant and balanced with soft tannins. Textbook “claret style” Zinfandel. Beautiful wine.

Note to self…buy more Zinfandel from Williams Selyem.

My rating: 93 points.

Williams Selyem can periodically be found at retail, but the mailing list is highly recommended. Current vintages of the Williams Selyem Zinfandels run $55 off the mailing list.

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2004 Turley Zinfandel Moore “Earthquake” Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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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2004 Outpost Howell Moutain Zinfandel – Bottle Notes

Outpost was established in 1998 and sits on a pristine piece of land atop Howell Mountain 2200 feet above Napa Valley. Thomas Rivers-Brown has been the winemaker from the start and has gained further acclaim making highly sought after wines for Schrader, Rivers-Marie and many others. Besides Zinfandel, Outpost also produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.

Estate grown on their Howell Mountain property. Magenta in color. 16.2% ABV. White pepper, flowers and a touch of tawny port on the nose. Super juicy, brambly red fruits. Briar, peppercorn, raspberry compote and anise on the palate. A great big wine. Just the essence of Zinfandel. The wine is begging to be paired with sausage pizza, BBQ ribs or a great big bacon bleu cheese burger.

My rating: 93 points.

Outpost wines are only available via the mailing list and sell out quickly. Highly recommended.

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2004 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel – Bottle Notes

Alberto Rafanelli, an Italian immigrant, first founded A. Rafanelli Winery in the early 1900’s. It wasn’t until the early 70’s that Alberto’s son, Americo, came out with the present day label and started selling the wine commercially. David and Patty Rafanelli now run the winery and a 4th generation Rafanelli, their daughter Shelly, is the winemaker. The winery is perhaps best known for their Zinfandel but also produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with all the fruit sourced from their vineyard in Dry Creek Valley.

The wine is light purple, almost crimson, in color. Great nose of briar, raspberry and blackberry. Gobs of fruit on the palate. The wine almost seems light on its feet at 14.7% ABV. Lavender, pepper and a touch of vanilla. Terrific balance and acidity. Rafanelli is one of those wineries that rarely fails to live up to its reputation, and their wine always ages well.

I have read notes of recent vintages having brettanomyces issues. I have not dipped into my stash of 08-10 but it is safe to say the 04 I tasted tonight does not have any “brett” present.

Rafanelli is very traditional in how they run the winery. If you want to join the mailing list you need to send them a letter. They do not correspond via email, but will likely answer the phone if you give them a call. The extra effort required to acquire the wine is worth it.

My rating: 93 points

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