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 50 separate wines from 47 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.
Planted in 1937, Fredericks Vineyard is just a mile and a half from the Napa border on the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas, located in the Moon Mountain AVA.
Crimson in color. 15.8% ABV. Sublime nose of ripe red and black fruits, molten licorice and pepper. Medium to full bodied with ample acidity. Exceptionally rich and plush. Blackberry, raspberry liqueur, cocoa and white pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Big, bold delicious Zinfandel. Not for the faint of heart but I am a fan. Best over the next 1-2 years.
My rating: 92 points.
With all due respect to Carlisle, Turley is arguably the best Zinfandel producer in California. Certainly the scale of the operation is second to none. 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 fared well in The 2020 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.