2001 Turley "Tofanelli" Napa Valley Zinfandel (Previously $80)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The terrific 2001 Zinfandel Tofanelli Vineyard (15.3% alcohol) reveals a superb nose of caramel, black fruits, spice, and licorice. With seamlessly integrated tannin and acidity, this full-bodied, concentrated 2001 has no hard edges, and cuts a generous, expansive feel on the palate without any heaviness or hotness. (RP)
A rich, plush, full-bodied style that packs in lots of complex flavors, built around ripe plum, blackberry, raspberry and peppery spice. Nicely oaked, too, though certainly not overdone, finishing with a long, ripe, supple finish that keeps revealing subtle flavor nuances.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium ruby. Roasted, sappy aromas of dark berries, black cherry, chocolate and pepper. Dense, rich and chewy but slow to unfold. Very ripe, almost porty aftertaste features substantial, building tannins. This vineyard always takes longer to show itself, notes Jordan. (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.