2004 Turley "Juvenile" California Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the finest buys in this portfolio is the 2004 Zinfandel Juvenile, an 800- to 1,000-case blend made from younger vines. It offers plenty of jammy black cherry and briery fruit, low acidity, a plump, heady mouthfeel, good texture, and a seductive, lush finish with abundant alcohol as well as glycerin. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
($20; made from young vines from several of Turley's vineyard sources) Medium red-ruby. Dark berries lifted by black pepper on the nose. Juicy, pliant and flavorful, with berry and spice flavors. Finishes with a slightly roasted, chocolatey character.
Aromas of pepper, wild berry, raspberry and spice are firm and balanced. Lots of spice and pepper. Finishes with a burst of fruit and raw, twiggy tannins. (JL)
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.