2003 Turley "Hayne" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The most revered Zinfandel in the Turley portfolio, the 2003 Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard (500 cases; 16.5% alcohol) is again a prodigious Zinfandel and represents the essence of this varietal. Outrageously rich, full-bodied, dense, and multilayered, with a dark ruby/purple color (the most saturated color of all the Zinfandels), it boasts aromas and flavors of raspberries, black cherries, cassis, licorice, pepper, and loamy soil notes. The finish lasts for 45+ seconds. It is a sensational Zinfandel, and based on all the vintages produced by Turley to date, capable of lasting a decade or more. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Blackberry, violet and licorice aromas. Supersweet flavors of briary crushed red berries framed by firm acidity. Not at all affected by the bottling a few days ago. A huge, plush wine that comes across as less chiseled and more exotic than the Ueberroth example. (ST)
Turley describes the terroir: "The Hayne Vineyard is one of our most exceptional sites. Located in an idyllic warm yet breezy spot on the west side of St. Helena, we are honored to have worked with this vineyard and the Hayne family for over twenty years. The head- trained, dry-farmed Zinfandel vines were planted in 1902 and 1903, and they produce wines of power and elegance in every vintage. Year after year, this wine serves as the archetype for Zinfandel and Napa Valley."