Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

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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