2004 Turley "Pesenti" Paso Robles Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From Paso Robles’ limestone soils, the 2004 Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard could pass for a Grenache-based southern Rhone with its striking minerality, pepper and kirsch liqueur-like notes. Full-bodied, but remarkably fresh (thanks to the limestone), it possesses 16+% alcohol, but that component is well-concealed by the wine’s fruit and structure. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full red. Superripe aromas of brambly red fruits and pepper. Dense, sappy and sweet, with an exhilarating sugar/acid balance. The raspberry liqueur flavor retains terrific freshness. Finishes dense and sweet, with a distinctly juicy quality. (ST)
Turley Wine Cellars makes 34 wines, the vast majority of which are single-vineyard-designate Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs (Turley is one of the few wineries, by the way, allowed to spell the wine that way, instead of "Petite Sirah"). 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.