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. Turley now makes 28 separate wines from 35 different vineyards, some with vines that date back to the late 1800’s. Tegan Passalacqua is the Director of Winemaking at Turley and has been instrumental in revitalizing the brand.
The Cinsault for this wine is sourced from Bechthold Vineyard which is situated in Lodi and the vines date back to 1886.
Light red in color. 13.5% ABV. Unique nose of red fruits, iron and wet stones. Light to medium body with medium acidity. This is far afield from a Turley Zinfandel but interesting nonetheless. Cherries, cranberries and blood orange on the palate. The finish is light but lingers. Like I said…interesting wine but so very different from what I love about Turley. Drink over the next 1-2 years.
My rating: 88 points.
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. 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.
Turley was a big winner in The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.
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