2003 Turley "Dusi Vineyard" Paso Robles Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From the torridly hot Paso Robles area, the dark ruby/plum-colored 2003 Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard (525 cases with 16.5% alcohol) reveals Amarone-like notes of figs along with raisin, berry, and blackberry characteristics. Full-bodied with loads of potency, and a hot finish, it should be enjoyed with cheese dishes or at the end of the meal, as one would with an Italian Amarone. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red. Spice cake on the nose. Dense, ripe and powerful, with pepper and saline notes currently dominating dark fruits. Offers a generous texture despite possessing a rather low pH for a Paso Robles Zinfandel.
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.