2000 Turley "Duarte" Contra Costa County Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2000 Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard, from a vineyard planted in 1896 in pure sand, exhibits aromas of white flowers, blueberries, raspberries, and cherries. For a Contra Costa Zin, it is unusually powerful. This layered, full-bodied, beautifully crafted, unctuously-textured 2000 possesses great fruit along with plenty of presence on the palate. The wine possesses an explosive bouquet, gorgeously ripe flavors, and a super finish. It is one of the finest Duarte Zinfandels Turley has made. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium bright red. Perfumed, liqueur-like aromas of cherry, cranberry and spices. Thick, sweet and stuffed with fruit; lovely seamless texture. Perhaps not quite as vibrant as the more tightly coiled '99, but finishes lush and long, with very ripe tannins.
A bold, ripe and richly flavored wine that's complex and concentrated, with plum, blackberry and exotic spicy nuances that are very nicely focused. Shows a trace of heat on the finish, but also depth and complexity.
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.