Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2004 Turley Howell Mtn. Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard – Bottle Notes

2004 Turley Dragon Zinfandel

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.

The 2004 Dragon is slightly port-like on the nose and is throwing a little bit of sediment. Raspberries, strawberries and pepper are prominent in the lush, ripe and jammy fruit profile.  Just a very slight touch of heat on the finish from the 16% ABV.  The wine has a long, sweet finish.

Turley makes at least a dozen Zinfandels ranging from the Juvenile at $20 to the Hayne at $75 – there is something for everyone in the portfolio. The upper end Zins are terrific in their youth but will age up to 10 years if you have the patience.

The wines are available at retail, via the mailing list and even at the tasting room in Templeton, California.

My rating: 91 points


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