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Turley Zinfandel Howell Mountain Dragon 2005

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Tofanelli Family Vineyard:
Our family is honored to offer you ultra premium Zinfandel and Charbono from the estate vineyard that we've been farming on a daily basis since 1929. Extremely limited production (under 1000 cases annually) enables us to focus on quality with a hands on approach that reaches from grapevine to bottle. The historical vineyard located at the top of the Napa Valley near the town of Calistoga now st... Read more
Our family is honored to offer you ultra premium Zinfandel and Charbono from the estate vineyard that we've been farming on a daily basis since 1929. Extremely limited production (under 1000 cases annually) enables us to focus on quality with a hands on approach that reaches from grapevine to bottle. The historical vineyard located at the top of the Napa Valley near the town of Calistoga now stands as one of the last examples of pre-World War II grape growing. The methods we still use were once prevalent throughout the valley; no irrigation (not even a drip line to be seen), an organic philosophy (we never jumped on the 'bandwagon' of post-war pesticides), and no trellis systems on our red varietals (these vines are free standing without wire support). Known for our Zinfandel, we also grow rare and unusual varietals such as Charbono, Sauvignon Musqué, Semillon, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Grenache, Mondeuse Noir and Cinsault. Given the reputation of the vines and the limited production of our winery, we can still offer fruit to other notable producers such as Turley Wine Cellars, Spottswoode Winery, Schrader Cellars, Orin-Swift (a.k.a. the 'Prisoner') Cellars, Neyers Vineyards and Duckhorn Vineyards. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Turley Zinfandel Howell Mountain Dragon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,195
0.00 5
03/01/2009

I missed this one. Drats!

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,195
3.00 5
02/11/2010

Sweet, fruity and simple on the nose with smoky oak and varietally correct Zin notes. On the palate this is in an easy drinking style with sweetish raspberry fruit cut by green, hard acids that lead to a hot finish. A big wine, fun in a way but a bit too much. 85pts


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Snooth User: OmarS
3023017
5.00 5
08/14/2007

This is a silky smooth fantastic (and expensive) Zinfandel. It seems hard to find, but I would buy 6 bottles in a heartbeat.


3.50 5
03/02/2009

Fantastic spice -- lighter aroma than I expected. Good tannins and acidity. Oaky and clean.

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Snooth User: Barberolo
721003,140
2.00 5
05/19/2008

Lots of big jammy fruit and massive alcohol. Usually Turleys manage to balance the fruit and alcohol well but this one seemed a bit out of whack and hot on the finish. Not much fun to drink.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
03/01/2009

Very rich and full bodied. Thick, fruity, viscous and powerful. There was a lot of spice here and it was the only wine that could really hold its own against an overly peppered Filet au Poivre. A very powerful zin.


Snooth User: jkagel
81001919
3.50 5
10/28/2009

Deep ruby color. Wonderful aromas of strawberries with hints of coffee and pipe tobacco. Taste of strawberry, plum, and sour cherry and chocolate. Very well balanced flavor and acidity.


Snooth User: jkagel
81001919
4.00 5
04/07/2009

Dark ruby in color, just slightly cloudy. Blackberries, tobacco, and alcohol on the nose. Big fruit up front(cherries and blackberries) with hints of chocolate and oak in the mid palette. Subtle tannin and a bright acidty on the finish for balance.


Snooth User: jjknight38
40356689
5.00 5
01/08/2009

An absolute gem in the Zinfandel family. Robust and confident in it's blend of fruit with a nice note of pepper in the mid-palate. This wine didn't last long as friends who really know wine became scary quiet in an attempt to not show pleasure and quickly grab a second pouring! This wine was a homerun and it will not disappoint even at this price.


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External Reviews for Turley Zinfandel Howell Mountain Dragon

External Review
03/25/2009

From a high elevation vineyard, the 2005 Zinfandel Mead Ranch Atlas Peak reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as soft, spicy, herbal, forest floor notes interwoven with cherry, red and black currant, crushed rock, and earth characteristics... Robert Parker. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2005 Turley Cellars Zinfandel Mead Ranch Atlas Peak 750ml


External Review
10/16/2008

91-93 Points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate The impressive, powerful 2005 Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, plenty of minerality, loads of bright, savory, black cherry and black currant fruit, and notions of pepper and crushed rocks. This is one of the deepest, richest, most full-bodied 2005s in this portfolio." Rated 91-93 points Robert Parker


External Review
01/29/2009

From a high elevation vineyard, the 2005 Zinfandel Mead Ranch Atlas Peak reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as soft, spicy, herbal, forest floor notes interwoven with cherry, red and black currant, crushed rock, and earth characteristics. It


External Review
10/16/2008

The 2005 Zinfandel Juvenile's sexy nose of sweet kirsch, pepper, and spice is accompanied by an excellent attack, but the wine is medium-bodied, tart, light, and elegant. For those whiners who feel Turley Zinfandels are too big, powerful, and concentrated, this lighter-styled vintage may have more appeal.


External Review
01/16/2009

From the sandy soils of Contra Costa, the well-made 2005 Zinfandel Duarte reveals plenty of fruit, power, and richness... Robert Parker. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2005 Turley Cellars Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard 750ml


External Review
03/25/2009

Gutsy and a little rustic, this is full of youthful verve. Aromas of wild berry, smoky pepper and licorice, and zesty raspberry, plum and rosemary flavors that build to lively tannins. Drink now through 2010. -JL Wine Spectator. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2005 Turley Cellars Zinfandel Juvenile 750ml


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewGutsy and a little rustic, this is full of youthful verve. Aromas of wild berry, smoky pepper and licorice, and zesty raspberry, plum and rosemary flavors that build to lively tannins. Drink now through 2010.


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