2002 Turley "Estate" Napa Valley Zinfandel (Previously $70)

SKU #1008239 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Several hundred cases were produced of the 2002 Zinfandel Estate (16.4% alcohol). Made from cuttings taken from the Hayne Vineyard, it represents the youngest vines of the Turley single vineyard offerings. It comes from the vineyard adjacent to the winery, and what will ultimately be a new AVA (Calistoga) when approved by the government. This full-bodied offering reveals notes of kirsch liqueur, melted licorice, black raspberries, and notions of pepper, beet roots, and underbrush. (RP)  (12/2003)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Beautifully crafted, dark, rich and concentrated, with a zesty, vibrant core of spicy wild berry and blackberry fruit, with touches of pepper and herb, and finishing with a sturdy core of tannins. (JL)  (6/2004)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full red-ruby. Expressive red fruit and mineral aromas. Fat, thick and sweet, with red fruit, black cherry, licorice and spice flavors. Very tactile, approachable zinfandel, finishing with sweet tannins and sneaky length. (ST)  (6/2004)

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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.


- 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.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 16.4