Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2005 Turley Zinfandel Hayne 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.

Hayne Vineyard is located on the west side of St. Helena and the vines date back to 1902.

Maroon in color. A touch cloudy. 16.1% ABV. Brambly black fruits, tar and pepper on the nose. Medium body with medium acidity and good balance. Ripe and jammy. Blackberries, strawberries and white pepper on the palate. The Turley wines from this era were very big and this bottle was no exception. Not for the faint of heart but delicious nonetheless. Drink in the near term.

My rating: 92 points.

Turley wines are available via the mailing list and periodically at retail. This particular wine will run you $75.

With all due respect to Carlisle and Bedrock, Turley is arguably the best Zinfandel producer in California. Exceptional vineyards sources throughout the state of California and no detail spared in the winemaking process. The wines are simply better than ever.

Turley has tasting rooms in both Amador and Paso Robles. If you are not on the mailing list, this is an easy way to secure bottles. Both are not to be missed if you are in the area.

I blogged about Hayne Vineyard previously in Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards.

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