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The Week in Zinfandel (4/17/17)

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2013 Turley Zinfandel Old Vines – 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. Turley now makes 28 separate wines from 35 different vineyards, some with vines that date back to the late 1800’s. Tegan Passalacqua is the Director of Winemaking at Turley and has been instrumental in revitalizing the brand.

Old Vines is composed of a variety of old sites from California that are either too small to be made into a vineyard designate wine or are new to the Turley family. Vines are anywhere from 41 to 129 years old, and a true representation of California old vine Zinfandel.

Garnet in color. 15.5% ABV. Super nose of brambly red fruits, earth and white pepper. Rich, lush and spicy. Full bodied with juicy acidity. Raspberry compote, spiced plums, boysenberry and pepper on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Delicious Zinfandel. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 92 points.

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

Turley was a big winner in The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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Pick My Next Bottle – 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel

The February installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Old Vine Zinfandel from the the 2013 vintage. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened on Saturday and a Bottle Note will be published the following week.

2013 was an exceptional vintage for Zinfandel throughout California. The wineries featured below have meticulous Winemakers who work hard in the vineyard and I am confident in saying the wines from Bedrock, Carlisle and Turley will rarely disappoint. Pagani Ranch and Hayne Vineyard date back to the early 1900’s while Bedrock Vineyard dates back to the 1880’s. More on the vineyards on the Historic Vineyard Society website.

The Contenders:

  • 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Red Wine Pagani Ranch – The 2013 Proprietary Red Pagani Heritage rivals the incredible 2012. An ancient vineyard of mixed black grapes planted in the 1880s, this full-bodied, multifaceted wine offers a stunning display of blue, red and black fruits intermixed with floral notes, a juicy, exuberant personality, and, most importantly, a boatload of pleasure. Drink it over the next decade. 96 points from the Wine Advocate.
  • 2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard – From the famous Napa Valley site in Santa Helena, the 2013 Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard (15.9% alcohol, but only a mere 216 cases produced) is a blockbuster Zinfandel. There is something magical in this wine, which in 2013 is also 100% Zinfandel from 110-year old vines. Deep ruby/purple, with a stunning nose of licorice, incense, camphor, blackberry, blueberry, kirsch and earth, the wine is majestic, full-bodied and an absolute tour de force in Zinfandel winemaking. 96 points from the Wine Advocate.
  • 2013 Turley Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard – A wine of real phenolic weight and vertical texture, the 2013 Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard is explosive from start to finish. Iron, smoke, tobacco, savory herbs and dense red stone fruits blossom in a wine built on serious structure. In this vintage, winemaker Tegan Passalacqua gave the Bedrock three additional weeks of time on the skins, which no doubt explains much of the energy and power here. Dollops of Petite Sirah and Alicante round out a very classic-feeling Sonoma Valley field blend. 94 points from Vinous.

Which 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel Should I Open?

  • 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Red Wine Pagani Ranch (39%, 31 Votes)
  • 2013 Turley Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard (34%, 27 Votes)
  • 2013 Carlise Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard (27%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 80

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Thanks for voting! I’d love to see a comment below on why you picked one bottle over another.

Also, let me know if you have any suggestions for the March Installment of Pick My Next Bottle.

I previously ranked all these vineyards in Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards.

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The Week in Zinfandel (1/23/17)

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The Week in Zinfandel (12/19/16)

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2008 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. Turley now makes 28 separate wines from 35 different vineyards, some with vines that date back to the late 1800’s. Tegan Passalacqua is the Director of Winemaking at Turley and has been instrumental in revitalizing the brand.

Dragon Vineyard is an estate-owned and certified organic vineyard. Planted at 2400 feet at one of the highest points on Howell Mountain, the vineyard sits well above the fog line and faces east.

Blood red in color. 16% ABV. Riveting nose of red fruits, cassis liqueur and molten licorice. Altogether well balanced with just a slight bit of heat on the palate. Medium body and perhaps more in a claret style than I would have expected. Flavors of sweet raspberry compote, cherries and white pepper. Really delicious Zinfandel that finishes strong. Hard to imagine this gets any better with time in the cellar.

My rating: 94 points.

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

Turley was a big winner in The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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Top 10 Zinfandels Tasted in 2016

It is the time of the year where every wine blogger publishes their lists of Wines of the Year or Values of the Year, etc. Although I try to blog about all the wines I taste it is clear that Zinfandel is definitely my grape of choice. With that in mind here are my top 10 Zinfandels of 2016.

The link for each wine will take you to the detailed Bottle Note on Zinfandel Chronicles. All of the older wines were stored in my cellar since release.

  1. 2008 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch – 95 points
  2. 2010 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard – 94 points
  3. 2008 Turley Zinfandel Zampatti Vineyard – 94 points
  4. 2008 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard – 94 points
  5. 2010 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel – 94 points
  6. 2012 Brown Estate Zinfandel – 94 points
  7. 2012 Ridge Lytton Springs – 93 points
  8. 2007 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Papera Ranch – 93 points
  9. 2012 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch – 93 points
  10. 2009 Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain – 93 points

A few observations after compiling the list:

  • Papera Ranch very well might be my favorite vineyard for Zinfandel.
  • Brown Estate should not be overlooked in a conversation of best CA Zinfandel producers.
  • It’s not too late to track down any Ridge Zin from 2012. Ridge crushed it in this vintage!
  • Monte Rosso is consistently the best Zinfandel from Bedrock Wine Co.
  • Carlisle is the only winery with multiple wines in my Top 10 going back the last 3 years.
  • 2008 was a better year for Zinfandel than the critics claimed it was.

Last year’s list can be found here.

What was the best Zinfandel you opened this past year?

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2008 Turley Zinfandel Dusi 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. Turley now makes 28 separate wines from 35 different vineyards, some with vines that date back to the late 1800’s. Tegan Passalacqua is the Director of Winemaking at Turley and has been instrumental in revitalizing the brand.

The Dusi vineyard was planted by Dante Dusi in 1945 and it is farmed by his family to this day. The vines are head-trained and dry-farmed, planted in soil that is mostly alluvial with some very large rocks. Dusi is on the west side of Paso Robles.

Violet in color and packing a punch at 16.1% ABV. Fantastic nose of sweet red fruits, brown sugar and framboise. Incredibly rich and plush. Remarkably well balanced all things considered. Raspberry liqueur, cherry and kirsch on the palate. Delicious wine but not for the faint of heart. Drink over the next two years or so.

My rating: 92 points.

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

Turley was a big winner in The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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The Week in Zinfandel (10/10/16)

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2010 Sandlands Syrah Amador County – Bottle Notes

Sandlands is the personal project of Tegan and Olivia Passalacqua. Tegan is the Winemaker and Vineyard Manager at Turley. The line-up encompasses some of the forgotten classic California varieties, primarily grown in decomposed granite from regions and vineyards that have been farmed for many generations but have remained the outliers of California viticulture.

Bright crimson in color. 13.3% ABV. Savory nose of red fruits, violets and olive brine. Medium body with nice acidity. Light, fresh and elegant. Bing cherries, grilled meats, white pepper and minerals on the palate. There are drying tannins on a long finish. Scrumptious Syrah. Attractively priced at $20 per bottle. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 90 points.

Seriously consider signing up for the Sandlands mailing list. Tegan has a model of exceptional wines at extremely fair prices from impeccable vineyards. What more can you ask for?

I wrote about Sandlands previously in A Couple New Mailers to Consider.

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