2004 Turley "Rancho Escondido" Baja California Zinfandel

SKU #1055594 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 It is clear this estate is never satisfied with the status quo based on what they have accomplished with the 2004 Zinfandel Rancho Escondido. Although not their finest Zinfandel, it is their first vintage from a vineyard planted in the 1920s on the Mexican side of Baja, two miles south of the USA border. Soft, fruity, and velvety, with plenty of earth, spice, and Rhone-like characteristics... (RP)  (12/2005)

K&L Notes

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.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.


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