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 right around 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 vines that make up Juvenile range in age from about 6-25 years, and pull from vineyards across California, including Hayne, Ueberroth, Pesenti, Salvador, Vineyard 101, Fredericks and Kirschenmann
Purple in color. 15.5% ABV. Sensational nose of red and blue fruits, brown sugar and raspberry liqueur. Lush, sweet and exceptionally well balanced. Full bodied with medium acidity. Raspberry compote, boysenberry and crushed black pepper on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long. Zinfandel just does not get much better at the $20 price point. Drink over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 92 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 2017 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.
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