2002 Turley "Rattlesnake Ridge" Howell Mountain Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The high altitude mountain 2002 Zinfandel Rattlesnake Acres, a ten-acre vineyard with relatively tight spacing for Zinfandel (3 feet by 6 feet). Blackberry and blueberry, cool mountain aromas emerge from this offering, which reveals more austerity and only a medium-bodied palate compared to its siblings. Nevertheless, there is fine ripeness, excellent purity, and a claret-like delicacy and focus to this effort. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red-ruby. Superripe aromas of black cherry, briary dark berries, spices and tar; light roasted and candied suggestions. Dense and very ripe but lively, with a pungent spiciness lifting the briary berry flavors. Chewy, classy zinfandel, with a long, spicy, very fresh finish. Lower in alcohol than most of these '02 zins, at 14.5%; but this year the fruit ripened well on Howell Mountain. (ST)
Intensely peppery, with a core of dry, beefy wild berry, blackberry and earthy sage notes, returning to the peppery flavors it started with, but also with dry tannins. (JL, Web-2004)
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.