Editorial Reviews for Turley Zinfandel Howell Mountain Dragon
I missed this one. Drats!
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
This is a silky smooth fantastic (and expensive) Zinfandel. It seems hard to find, but I would buy 6 bottles in a heartbeat.
Fantastic spice -- lighter aroma than I expected. Good tannins and acidity. Oaky and clean.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
External Reviews for Turley Zinfandel Howell Mountain Dragon
94-96 Points - Steven Tanzer A brilliant offering, the 2005 Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard emerges from a 19th century hillside vineyard planted in pure limestone. It offers a dense ruby/purple color, wonderful freshness, and a strong personality displaying notes of black raspberries, cassis, pepper, dried herbs, and earth. A stunner, it will be one of the longest lived 2005s, lasting for a decade or more. 91-93 points - Robert Parker
92-93 Points - Steven Tanzer 89-92 Points - Robert Parker While potentially outstanding, the soft 2005 Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard is not as concentrated as past vintages have been. Although typically a candidate for long term cellaring, I would drink the 2005 over the next 5-6 years. Blackberry, raspberry, and cherry fruit cascade from the glass of this full-bodied, pure, rich, medium to full-bodied Zin.
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... Robert Parker. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2005 Turley Cellars Zinfandel Old Vines 750ml
Elegant, with ripe, rustic plum, smoky sage and licorice aromas and rich black cherry, coffee and spice flavors that deftly balance fresh acidity, a fleshy texture and firm tannins. Drink now through 2012. -From Wine Spectator
Wine Advocate ReviewRated 88-91Howell Mountain vineyards are capable of producing stunning Zinfandels and Turleys 2005 Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge cuvee is a strong effort in this lighter-weight vintage. It boasts a dark ruby/purple color along with scents of smoked herbs, black cherries, berries, spice, and pepper. Medium to full-bodied with abundant amounts of pure fruit and good richness, it is one of the more complete 2005 Zinfandels. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years.
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, rich... Robert Parker. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2005 Turley Cellars Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard 750ml
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