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Turley Zinfandel California Old Vines 2010

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90 points Wine Spectator: This concentrated red is loaded with base notes of dark fruit, offering aromas of boysenberry, roasted anise and dense blackberry, with mocha, espresso and sage flavors that are wrapped in firm tannins. Drink now through 2017. 1,000 cases made. (4/25/12)

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Turley:
Turley is a winery that focuses on small production “Big Red” wines from old vine Zinfandel and Petite Syrah, based in St. Helena in the Napa Valley, California. The winery is a family operation helmed brother and sister duo Larry and Helen Turley, founded in 1993. Their prestigious wines are in constantly high demand, and their private wine club has a two-year waiting list. The w... Read more
Turley is a winery that focuses on small production “Big Red” wines from old vine Zinfandel and Petite Syrah, based in St. Helena in the Napa Valley, California. The winery is a family operation helmed brother and sister duo Larry and Helen Turley, founded in 1993. Their prestigious wines are in constantly high demand, and their private wine club has a two-year waiting list. The wines are produced from several vineyards, with vines dating back to the 1800s. Each terroir lends its own character to the wines, and they are given separate labels according to location each vintage. The vineyards are located in Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Lodi, Howell Mountain and Contra Costa.  Read less

Member Reviews for Turley Zinfandel California Old Vines

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Snooth User: aldisbrowne
31835721
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 08/06/2011

Amazingly drinkable now. A big beautiful 2009 from a great American vineyard. If you think you don't like Zins, think again. This will convert you


Snooth User: jkagel
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 03/06/2010

Had a chance to taste this wine at the most recent Zap festival and it held the top spot IMHO for most of the day. Regrettably, my notes are scant from the event and all I have is the number rating for most of my wines from that day. Guess I'll have to try it again.


Snooth User: Tyler Worth
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 07/06/2011

91 points. The aroma is softly prune-like, with a pleasant pipe tobacco edge. There are some sweet vanilla cream tones, a touch of freshly cut rose wood, some raspberry and a hint of herbs de Provence. This is a softly profiled wine, with a delicately jammy quality. It’s bright with red fruit tones, cherry, and tart raspberry. Rose petals and a mixed floral bouquet mingle with vanilla and a subtly bitter, toasted hue. This wine strikes an exceptional balance between a dark, gripping core and bright lively acidity. Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/09/17/post-69-central-coast-adventures-pt-8-turley-winery/


Snooth User: OCKathyLovesRed
20147134
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/11/2010

I enjoyed the Turley 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel last night with dinner (April 10, 2010). It paired nicely with some highly flavorful and robustly seasoned salmon, couscous and asparagus. This Zin is beautiful - not too jammy like many zins are these days. It's appropriately spicy and peppery, with plum and berry notes interwoven giving it a lovely balance of flavors. It's great on the nose and finishes nicely, too. I would definitely want to purchase this wine again, but I'm not sure it's quite worth the money. I also hear the folks at the winery can be snobby, which is a huge turn-off to me. I mean, really...do we need to be full of ourselves?? These reasons knock this from a "5" to a "4" rating for me. But if you've had a different experience at the winery and/or if you don't mind snooty folks when you go tasting, then the wine, in and of itself, is lovely. If you would like to see more of my reviews, please visit my blog at www.OCWineAndLifestyle.com. Happy Tasting!


Snooth User: kleaf
38369137
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/07/2012

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Terry Monegan
135423017
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 08/07/2014

Five glasses


Snooth User: bedrick
3231715
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 10/08/2007

Delicious! Big fruit, high alcohol, phenomenal value! Makes Ridge look like Ravenswood.


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External Reviews for Turley Zinfandel California Old Vines

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/26/2012

This concentrated red is loaded with base notes of dark fruit, offering aromas of boysenberry, roasted anise and dense blackberry, with mocha, espresso and sage flavors that are wrapped in firm tannins. Drink now through 2017.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/26/2012

Bright, deep ruby. Classic zin aromas of blackberry, crushed black pepper and licorice. Creamy-sweet and fat, but with a sweet-tart character contributing to the wine's superb cut and purity of fruit. Complicated by an element of wild herbs. Finishes with suave tannins, solid structure and excellent length. A very successful fusion of zinfandelrsquo;s many aspects, and a terrific value.


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Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

The outstanding 2005 Zinfandel Old Vines, basically a blend of old vine parcels that are not big enough to be sold individually, reveals a dark plum/ruby color, oodles of sweet cherry, plum, licorice, pepper, and spicy characteristics, medium to full body, and a fleshy, generous, well-endowed personality. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

The 2003 Zinfandel Old Vines (1000 cases; 16.4% alcohol) is a blend of declassified wine from Turley's old-vine vineyards. A great buy and one of the best old-vine cuvees the Turleys have produced, the 2003 is as good as their finest single vineyard offerings. Rich, full-bodied, and unctuously textured, it explodes from the glass revealing black fruits, earth, kirsch, licorice, pepper, and underbrush elements. Sweet (from glycerin and high alcohol, not sugar), dry, full-bodied, concentrated, hedonistic, and supple, it is ideal for drinking over the next 3-4 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

The 2002 Zinfandel Old Vines is a blend of lots that did not make the grade for the single vineyard offerings. No wimpy wine at 16.4% alcohol, it exhibits deep, jammy black fruits intermixed with saddle leather, pepper, and earth. With an unctuous texture as well as a big, chewy finish, it is a robust, mouthfilling, value-priced Zinfandel to enjoy over the next 3-5 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

A bit on the wild side, showing tart plum, toasty oak and roasted anise aromas, with bold flavors of cherry and cracked pepper that balance tart acidity and burly tannins. Drink now through 2012. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

Made from a collection of miscellaneous parcels too small to bottle under their vineyard names, the 1999 Zinfandel Old Vines offers aromas and flavors of black fruits, a muscular, briery, peppery, forceful personality, a seamless texture, copious glycerin, amazing concentration, and a smooth finish. The acidity, tannin, and wood are beautifully integrated in this classic, full-throttle Zinfandel. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. It is even better from bottle than from barrel!


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90 points Wine Spectator: This concentrated red is loaded with base notes of dark fruit, offering aromas of boysenberry, roasted anise and dense blackberry, with mocha, espresso and sage flavors that are wrapped in firm tannins. Drink now through 2017. 1,000 cases made. (4/25/12)

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