2001 Turley "Pringle Family" Howell Mountain Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From the cooler climate, upper reaches of Howell Mountain, the 2001 Zinfandel Pringle Family Vineyard (16.2% alcohol) boasts a saturated purple color as well as a terrific perfume of minerals, creme de cassis, and blackberry liqueur. Revealing great intensity, surprising structure, tremendous purity, and good underlying acidity buttressing the enormous wealth of fruit and glycerin, this is a tour de force in Zinfandel. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Subtle, perfumed aromas of blackberry, blueberry, violet and dark chocolate. Supple and creamy-sweet, but with laser-like flavors of sappy, crushed berries. Finishes with powerful, mouthcoating tannins and excellent structure for aging. Seems far more successful than the 2000 version.
Turley Wine Cellars makes 34 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.