Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2009 Turley Old Vines Zinfandel – 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.

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 lineup.

Crimson in color. 15.5% ABV. Brambly, juicy red fruits, pepper and a hint of vanilla on the nose. Great flavors of plums, raspberries and boysenberries. The finish is long and sweet. Delicious wine and a great buy at $25. Perfect bottle for a Monday night. Drink over the next year or so.

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.

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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