Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2010 Turley Zinfandel Old Vines

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 Old Vines is a blend of 18 vineyards with an average of 80 years old. They hail from Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lodi, Contra Costa, Amador, and Paso Robles.

Bright purple in color. 15.5% ABV. Black fruits, licorice and pepper on the nose. Rich, lush and jammy. Blackberry, black cherries, tar, cloves and figs on the palate. The finish is long and complex. This wine, as always, delivers far above its $25 price point. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

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.

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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