2002 Turley "Duarte" Contra Costa County Zinfandel

SKU #1008235 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Few other producers can equal what Larry Turley accomplishes with Contra Costa Zinfandel from the Duarte Vineyard. From ungrafted, ancient vines planted in pure sand (Turley says it looks like a beach), there are 400 cases of the powerhouse 2002 Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard (400 cases; 16.7% alcohol). Full-bodied and dense, with no hotness, but copious quantities of raspberries, blackberries, balsam wood, pepper, and Provencal herbs, this is a rich, layered, hedonistic turn-on. (RP)  (12/2003)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Pungent blackberry aroma complicated by espresso and exotic notes of apricot and peach; can't quite hide its alcohol. Chewy, thick and sweet but a bit musclebound, with firm acidity framing the chewy cherry and raspberry flavors. This will need a couple years of bottle aging. May merit a higher score if it can absorb some of its alcohol before it loses its fruit. (ST)  (6/2004)

Wine Spectator

 A big, ripe, effusively fruity style, with intense dusty wild berry, blackberry and dried currant flavors that firm up on the midpalate and show a tight core of cedary oak, finishing with ripe fruit, a touch of tar and herbal notes. (JL)  (11/2004)

K&L Notes

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 historic 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.

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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.

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- 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.


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Alcohol Content (%): 16.7