Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2005 Turley Zinfandel Duarte – 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.

This wine is a tribute to Joe Duarte, a prominent grape grower in Contra Costa who first introduced Turley to the incredible vineyards of the area.

Red in color. 15.4% ABV. Heady, port like aromas of plums, red fruits, prunes and pepper. The wine shows a touch of heat but still some nice acidity. Raspberry compote, crushed strawberry purée, licorice and white pepper on the palate. Subtle tannins on a swift finish. Drink soon.

My rating: 90 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.

Turley has tasting rooms in both Amador and Paso Robles. Both are not to be missed if you are in the area.

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