2004 Turley "Duarte" Contra Costa County Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An impressively endowed offering is the big, rich 2004 Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard. There are usually fewer than 500 cases of this effort, which generally reveals southern Rhone-like garrigue characteristics along with plenty of soil overtones, fresh black cherries, and a spicy, heady finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Aromas of dark berry liqueur, dark chocolate, menthol and pepper. Fat and silky if a bit aggressive with alcohol; slightly roasted flavors of black berry and licorice. More savory than sweet, with the fruit flavors showing a distinct hot-year character. Finishes with a note of chocolate.
Turley Wine Cellars makes thirty-four wines, the vast majority of which are single vineyard designate Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs. By focusing on old vine vineyards in particular, Turley aims to both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture. All of the vineyards are either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or somewhere in the process, and they use all natural yeasts in the fermentations.