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2005 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 on the west side of St. Helena and the vines date back to 1902.

Maroon in color. A touch cloudy. 16.1% ABV. Brambly black fruits, tar and pepper on the nose. Medium body with medium acidity and good balance. Ripe and jammy. Blackberries, strawberries and white pepper on the palate. The Turley wines from this era were very big and this bottle was no exception. Not for the faint of heart but delicious nonetheless. Drink in the near term.

My rating: 92 points.

Turley wines are available via the mailing list and periodically at retail. This particular wine will run you $75.

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.

I blogged about Hayne Vineyard previously in Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards.

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2005 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 Jeff Mangahas to carry on the passion for Pinot Noir without compromise. Other varieties bottled at Williams Selyem include Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Chenin Blanc.

Forchini Vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley and dates back to the early 1900’s.

Crimson in color. 14.9% ABV. Brambly black fruits, pepper and licorice on the nose. Rich and jammy with port like characteristics on the palate. Flavors of black cherries, blackberries, prunes and rhubarb. Medium length on the finish. Ready to drink. Somewhat disappointing given previous experience with Williams Selyem Zins from this era.

My rating: 89 points.

Williams Selyem is no longer making a Forchini Vineyard Zinfandel. Current offerings from Williams Selyem include Zins from Papera Vineyard and Bacigalupi Vineyard.

Williams Selyem can periodically be found at retail, but the mailing list is highly recommended.

I wrote about Williams Selyem recently in Reflections on Two Days in Russian River Valley and The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2005 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 Jeff Mangahas to carry on the passion for Pinot Noir without compromise.

Bacigalupi Vineyard is located on Westside Road a few miles south of Healdsburg in the Russian River Valley. The vines date back to the 1950’s.

Dark red in color. 15.1% ABV. Briar, black fruits and white pepper on the nose. Plush and jammy with good acidity. Blackberries, raspberries and cherry cordials on the palate. Modest tannins on an extended finish. Great showing for a 9 year old Zinfandel. Drink now as I don’t think this wine can get any better.

My rating: 94 points.

Williams Selyem can periodically be found at retail, but the mailing list is highly recommended.

I wrote about Williams Selyem recently in Reflections on Two Days in Russian River Valley and The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2005 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.

Moore “Earthquake” Vineyard was one of the original single vineyard wines Turley produced staring in 1993. Located in Napa Valley the vineyard was a staple up through the 2008 vintage.

Crimson in color. Just a touch cloudy. 15.2% ABV. Brambly red fruits, anise and baking spices on the nose. Medium body with light acidity. Well balanced with only the faintest hint of heat. Raspberry compote, blackberries, black pepper and tar on the palate. Drying tannins. The finish is long and sweet. Drink over the next year.

My rating: 91 points.

Turley wines are available via the mailing list and periodically at retail.

With all due respect to Carlisle and Bedrock, Turley is unequivocally the best Zinfandel producer in California. Exceptional vineyards 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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2005 Turley Zinfandel Duarte – 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.

This wine is a tribute to Joe Duarte, a prominent grape grower in Contra Costa who first introduced Turley to the incredible vineyards of the area.

Red in color. 15.4% ABV. Heady, port like aromas of plums, red fruits, prunes and pepper. The wine shows a touch of heat but still some nice acidity. Raspberry compote, crushed strawberry purée, licorice and white pepper on the palate. Subtle tannins on a swift finish. Drink soon.

My rating: 90 points.

Turley wines are available via the mailing list and periodically at retail. With all due respect to Carlisle and Bedrock, Turley is unequivocally the best Zinfandel producer in California. Exceptional vineyards and no detail spared in the winemaking process. The wines are simply better than ever.

The wait to get on the mailing list at Turley is relatively short. Take advantage of that.

Turley has tasting rooms in both Amador and Paso Robles. Both are not to be missed if you are in the area.

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2005 Turley Zinfandel Pesenti 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.

Pesenti Vineyard is estate-owned and certified organic. The vineyard was planted by the Turley team using cuttings from the Hayne vineyard.

Opaque purple in color. A bruiser at 16.1% ABV. Red fruits, plums and pepper on the nose. Jammy, sweet and almost port like. Full bodied with enough acidity. Strawberries, raspberries, white pepper and licorice on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long. Drink over the next year or so.

My rating: 92 points.

Turley wines are available via the mailing list and periodically at retail. With all due respect to Carlisle and Bedrock, Turley is unequivocally the best Zinfandel producer in California. Exceptional vineyards and no detail spared in the winemaking process. The wines are simply better than ever.

The wait to get on the mailing list at Turley is relatively short. Take advantage of that.

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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Zinfandel of the Month – 2005 Turley Rattlesnake Ridge

Zinfandel of the Month is a new feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. For a little background please see the first installment published three months ago. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.

The January Zinfandel of the Month is the 2005 Turley Rattlesnake Ridge.

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 an estate-owned and certified organic vineyard. Located at the top of Howell Mountain at about 2600 feet, the vines see more sun here then they would on the valley floor; however, it is much colder due to the elevation, and can even snow in the winter. All combined, these factors make for a truly unique wine: bold, strong tannins and an acid backbone that can only come from Howell Mountain.

Rusty in color. 15.1% ABV. Red fruits, pepper and anise on the nose. Medium body with strong acidity. Boysenberry, plum, raspberry compote, licorice and pepper on the palate. This has Howell Mountain written all over it. Light tannins. Drink soon.

My rating: 92 points.

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

The wait to get on the mailing list at Turley is relatively short. Take advantage of that.

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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2005 Carlisle Zinfandel Tom Feeney Ranch – Bottle Notes

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards.

Tom Feeney Ranch is situated in the Russian River Valley and was planted in 1926. The wine is 89% Zinfandel and 11% mixed black varieties (Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir de la Calmette, Petite Sirah).

Crimson in color. 15.9% ABV. Blueberry, loganberry, pepper and licorice on the nose. Rich, ripe and jammy. Full bodied and perfectly balanced. Blackberry, boysenberry, cocoa and white pepper on the palate. Soft tannins. A perfectly aged Zinfandel that is ready to drink now.

My rating: 92 points.

This wine was $40 off the mailing list.

Current vintages of the various Carlisle wines are available via the mailing list, which is exceptionally long. Several retail outlets in California stock Carlisle, but you need to check with them at the time the winery releases their wines in the Spring and Fall.

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2005 Turley Zinfandel Dragon 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. Dragon Vineyard is estate owned and is situated at one of the highest points on Howell Mountain.

Ruby red in color. 15.3% ABV. The wine has a textbook Howell Mountain nose of white pepper, flowers and brambly red fruits. Raspberry, anise, pepper and plums on the palate. Complex, opulent and still somewhat tannic. I wonder if this wine will age like some of the Zins from the 70’s and 80’s made by Ridge and Ravenswood? The wine is definitely a throwback. Drink now or stick in the back of the cellar for a decade and see what happens.

My rating: 91 points.

The current vintage of Dragon Vineyard runs a little over $40 on the Turley mailing list.

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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2005 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. I’ve previously posted on Rafanelli in What’s Your Price for Zin?

I’m a big fan of Zinfandel on uniquely American holidays and celebrations, so this bottle was opened during the Super Bowl.

Gorgeous, jammy aromas of ripe fruit literally explode from the glass. Garnet in color and 14.8% ABV. Red fruits, more red fruits and spice on the nose. Cloves, plums, currants, pepper, cherry, boysenberry and blackberry on the palate. This wine is all about red fruits and spice. Nothing sophisticated or complicated but simply delicious and everything you look in for in Zinfandel. Medium acidity with a healthy dose of tannins. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 93 points.

I have read notes of recent vintages having brettanomyces issues. I have not dipped into my stash of 2008-10 bottles, but it’s safe to say the ’05 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.

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