2000 Turley "Dogtown Vineyard" Lodi Zinfandel
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full red. Perfumed aromas of red berries, clove and pepper. Dense, spicy and intense, with brisk acidity giving the wine verve and delicacy and extending the flavors. Has a sappy juicy quality. Relies more on its acids than its fairly light tannins for structure. Don't think of Lodi as a uniformly hot area, says winemaker Jordan, pointing out that these vines were harvested later than the overwhelming majority of Napa Valley zinfandel in 2000.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2000 Zinfandel Dogtown (16.2% alcohol) is a huge effort. It is not as complex as some of its siblings, but it offers copious amounts of straightforward berry fruit intermixed with balsam wood, earth, and spice characteristics.
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.