2001 Turley "Grist Vineyard" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (Previously $90)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2001 Zinfandel Grist Vineyard’s deep ruby/purple color is followed by dusty aromas of balsam wood, black fruits, and damp forest floor. It possesses beautiful purity, elegance, and for those who complain about high alcohol, a modest (by Turley’s standards) 15% alcohol. Medium-bodied, with a more restrained, measured style than one expects from Turley...(RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium ruby. Primary black fruits and baking spices on the nose; hints at a syrupy sweetness. Densely packed but also sappy and penetrating, with powerful but rather muscular fruit and a firm spine from the iron-rich soil. Rather austere today and not especially fleshy or sweet. Like tasting a barrel sample. Finishes with big, building tannins. (ST)
Turley Wine Cellars makes thirty-four wines, the 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.