The 2011 Turley Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard was the winning bottle in the June Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was not decanted and I served it with Turkey Chili.
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.
Owned by the ex-commissioner of baseball Peter Ueberroth, the limestone vineyard is situated on the west side of Paso Robles. Ueberroth is the oldest vineyard in the appelation having been planted in 1885. Turley has made an Ueberroth Vineyard Zinfandel since 2002.
Blood red in color. 16.3% ABV. Brambly red fruits and pepper on the nose. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. Rich and plush yet elegant at the same time. Impeccably balanced. Raspberry liqueur, strawberries, cassis and white pepper on the palate. Long on the finish. Shows little to no impact from the problematic 2011 vintage. Drink over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 94 points.
The century old Ueberroth Vineyard is not only the gem in the Turley lineup but perhaps one of the best vineyards in all of Paso Robles. I blogged about Ueberroth Vineyard previously in Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards.
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 wines are available via the mailing list and periodically at retail. This particular wine will run you $48. 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.
This wine is an early candidate for my Top 10 Zinfandels of 2015.
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