1999 Turley "Moore Earthquake Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The prodigious 1999 Zinfandel Moore (Earthquake) Vineyard (490 cases, 16.4% natural alcohol) possesses an opaque dense ruby/purple color. It offers explosive yet elegant aromas of blackberries, pepper, and black cherries as well as full body, low acidity, and magnificent fruit concentration. A long, intense, smooth, peppery personality will be a crowd-pleaser. A remarkable effort, it will develop even more complexity over the next 7-10 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium ruby. Crystallized berries, pepper, flint and minerals on the nose. Sweet, lush and minerally in the mouth, with an almost shockingly suave, smooth texture. Nothing rustic about this zinfandel. Finishes ripely tannic, silky and long, with subtle berry and mineral notes. Goes way beyond the '98 bottling. (ST)
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.