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2009 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. Turley now makes right around 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.

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

Crimson in color. 16% ABV. Stunning nose of brambly red fruits, wet stones and white pepper. Medium to full body with juicy acidity. Rich, lush and impeccably balanced. Cherry liqueur, raspberry compote, licorice and pepper on the palate. The finish is long and sweet. The best Zin I have had this year and also the best Zin I have had from Turley. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 96 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 2017 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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The Week in Zinfandel (11/6/17)

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New Release Zins from Wonderment Wines

Wonderment Wines was founded in 2011 by Stephanie Cook. The wines are focused on specific terroir where each wine represents the vineyards distinctive style and expression. Stephanie honed her winemaking skills at Robert Biale Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate and Spy Valley in New Zealand before going out on her own.

Stephanie recently sent me her new Zins to review.

2015 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Burton Ranch Vineyard – Ruby red in color. 14.9% ABV. Reticent nose of red fruits, citrus and flowers. Medium body with medium acidity. Light and elegant in style. Cherries, salmonberries and blood orange on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Pretty Zinfandel. Drink over the next 2-3 years. $35 at the winery and retail. My rating: 90 points.

2015 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard – Dark crimson in color. 15.1% ABV. Sublime nose of brambly red fruits, plums and white pepper. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Big, plush and spicy. Raspberry liqueur, cherry compote, brown sugar and pepper on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long. Super Zinfandel from a tremendous vineyard. Best over the next 3-5 years. $44 at the winery and retail. My rating: 94 points.

2015 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Pritchett Peaks Vineyard – Crimson in color. 14.9% ABV. Scrumptious nose of black fruits, pepper and a hint of peach. Medium to full bodied with medium acidity. Lush yet elegant. Black cherry, black raspberry and pepper on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Drink over the next 2-4 years. $55 at the winery and retail. My rating: 92 points.

What a well made set of wines although the Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel was definitely the showstopper! Most of us are on too many mailing lists to begin with so I usually hesitate before suggesting you sign yourself up. I’ll make an exception here. I look forward to following the winery in the years to come.

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The Week in Zinfandel (10/30/17)

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New Releases from Grgich Hills Estate

Grgich Hills Estate, in Rutherford, in the Napa Valley, was founded in 1977 by Mike Grgich and Austin Hills. Grgich earned fame in 1976 when the Chardonnay he produced as winemaker at Chateau Montelena won first prize among white wines at the now famous Paris Wine Tasting. The estate has 366 acres of vineyards in American Canyon, Carneros, Yountville, Rutherford and Calistoga and is still best known for its Chardonnays, which consistently earn accolades from wine critics. Grgich also makes Fume Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and dessert wines. Mike Grgich was inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame in 2008.

I recently had the good fortune to try a few of their new releases.

2015 Grgich Hills Estate Fumé Blanc – Light straw in color. 13.5% ABV. Intriguing nose of tropical fruits, matchstick and wet stones. Medium body with racy acidity. Bright, fresh and crisp. Grapefruit, lemongrass and minerals on the palate. The finish is long spicy. Delicious Fumé Blanc. Drink over the next several years.  $31 at the winery and retail. My rating: 91 points.

2013 Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel  –  Crimson in color. 15% ABV. Co fermented with a touch of Petite Sirah. Powerful nose of black fruits and licorice with a strong floral component. Full bodied with loads of acidity. Blackberry, raspberry liqueur, chocolate and pepper on the palate. The finish is long with a healthy dose of tannins. Well made Zinfandel. Drink over the next 2-4 years. $36 at the winery and retail. My rating: 92 points.

Grgich Hills is one of Napa’s iconic wineries. Consider stopping by when you next visit Napa Valley.

These reviews were based on samples provided by the winery.

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Zinfandel of the Month – 2015 Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi

Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. 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 November Zinfandel of the Month is the 2015 Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi.

Ravenswood was founded in 1976 by Joel Peterson. The winery is a pioneer in producing single vineyard Zinfandels from some of Napa and Sonoma’s most treasured vineyards, including Dickerson, Old Hill, Cooke and Belloni. I used to visit Ravenswood in the summer, when they released their single vineyard wines. Back in the day they also served delicious barbecue on the deck out behind the winery. Great wine, great food and great memories.

The 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi is 79% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah and 1% Alicante Bouschet.

Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Savory nose of black fruits, flowers, plums and pepper. Medium to full body with medium acidity. Rich, smooth and easy to drink. Cherry liqueur, blackberries and cocoa powder on the palate. The wine finishes strong. Delicious, affordable Zinfandel that will be at it’s best over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 90 points.

Ravenswood is widely available at retail the winery and via the mailing list. The ’15 version of the Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi will only set you back about $15. Even better, the grocery store down the street likely has this wine.

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The Week in Zinfandel (10/23/17)

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The Week in Zinfandel (10/16/17)

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2009 Turley Zinfandel Cedarman – 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 right around 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.

Cedarman is a proprietary blend of fruit from both Rattlesnake Ridge and Dragon Vineyards, located at the top of Howell Mountain in Napa Valley.

Purple in color. 16.2% ABV. Super nose of red and black fruits, licorice and pepper. Full bodied with juicy acidity and just a touch of heat on the palate. Flavors of raspberry liqueur, boysenberry, blueberry and white pepper. The finish is exceptionally long. Enjoyable Zinfandel but you have to be a fan of the Turley wines from this era. Drink over the next 2-3 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 2017 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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The Week in Zinfandel (10/9/17)

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