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Turley Zinfandel California Old Vines 2010
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
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.
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/
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!
Three and a half glasses
Delicious! Big fruit, high alcohol, phenomenal value! Makes Ridge look like Ravenswood.
External Reviews for Turley Zinfandel California Old Vines
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.
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.
Slightly hazy medium red. Deeper on the nose but less vibrant and more carnal than the Juvenile, offering black cherry, minerals, black pepper, flowers and a whiff of meat. More serious but less fruity and sweet; a deeper and more structured wine but a bit drier and warmer on the back end. I preferred the Juvenile for its sweet fruit.
Jammy and elegant, yet at the core there's a dense and complex structure. Aromas of smoky black raspberry lead to rich, ripe plum, toasty licorice and cinnamon flavors that finish with supple tannins. Drink now through 2017.
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.
Good bright red-ruby color. Lively aromas of black fruits, licorice and bitter chocolate. Creamy and pliant in the middle palate, with nicely concentrated sweet berry flavors. Not yet especially complex but shows a bit more clarity and concentration than the young-vines version. Finishes with very good definition and lift.
Dense and rather overripe, showing aromas of dried cherry and cracked pepper, with briary blueberry, sage and licorice flavors that finish with rustic tannins. Drink now through 2013.
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