2001 Turley "Dogtown" Lodi Zinfandel

SKU #1005186 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As for the 2001 Zinfandel Dogtown Vineyard, no one seems to “let the dogs out” better than Turley. This dense plum/ruby-colored Zinfandel possesses jammy aromas of black cherries and plums, followed by full-bodied, fleshy flavors with loads of fruit, glycerin, and pleasing tactile sensations. (RP)  (10/2003)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright ruby. Nose currently dominated by exotic notes of grapefruit and orange peel. Sweet, dense and highly concentrated, with spicy, peppery fruit flavors lifted by rather citrusy acids. A powerful, tannic, very long wine with excellent grip. Clearly from low yields and features a high ratio of skins to juice. This would be perfect with a garlicky slab of steak. (ST)  (6/2003)

K&L Notes

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. The 2001 Zinfandel Dogtown is from a 65-year-old vineyard situated on the border of Amador. It is yet another in a string of superbly crafted California Zins and may be the best wine period from the Lodi appellation. If only there were more!

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Central Valley/Lodi

- With a reputation for bulk wine and table grapes, little to no quality wine has emerged from the expansive Central Valley since companies like Franzia and Gallo staked their claim here. The exception are new wine ventures in sub-AVAs Lodi and Clarksburg, home to jammy zinfandels and surprisingly distinguished chenin blancs respectively.