2002 Turley "Hayne" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Year in and year out, Turley Cellars’ most concentrated, inkiest purple-colored Zinfandel emerges from St. Helena’s Hayne Vineyard. The 2002 Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard (475 cases; 16.5% alcohol) boasts superb texture, intensity, and power. Spectacular aromas of black raspberries, blackberries, and currants as well as floral notes are followed by a creamy textured, full-bodied, viscous red with remarkable delineation, acidity, and structure for its massive fruit and glycerin. This outrageous Zinfandel is as good as it gets. Drink it over the next decade.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby. Vibrant, perfumed aromas of black cherry, currant, violet and minerals. Packed with sappy berry fruit; amazingly broad and sweet but still a bit youthfully unevolved. A huge wine with solid underlying spine for aging.
Captures the essence of pure, ripe, powerhouse Zinfandel, with churning blackberry, raspberry and wild berry fruit that's sharply focused, intense and deeply concentrated. While it makes no pretense of elegance or grace, fans of open-throttle, high-octane Zin will be thrilled by this breathtaking wine.
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.