2005 Turley "Hayne Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark ruby. Very sexy but youthfully reticent aromas of peppery red fruits. Creamy-sweet but bright, with firm acids giving vinosity and lift to the crunchy red cherry and pepper flavors. A bit disturbed in its current form yet stylish, with a fine-grained texture and firm tannic spine. Should be a knockout. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
While potentially outstanding, the soft 2005 Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard is not as concentrated as past vintages have been. Blackberry, raspberry, and cherry fruit cascade from the glass of this full-bodied, pure, rich, medium to full-bodied Zin. (RP)
Offers lots of sweet and tart fruit, ranging from plum to rhubarb, with flavors that are nicely complex and focused. Has lots of savory and licorice notes, and the finish turns a bit rustic. (TF)
The Hayne vineyard, on the west side of St. Helena, has Zinfandel vines that are over 100 years old. These vines are head-trained and dry-farmed, and produce low yields of powerful, intense fruit. Like many Zinfandels from older sites, this wine will age slowly and gracefully.