2006 Turley "Salvador" Contra Costa County Zinfandel

SKU #1066714 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a vineyard planted in the late 1890s, the 2006 Zinfandel Salvador Vineyard has plenty of loamy soil notes, berry fruit, spice box, roasted herb, and meatiness. It’s a big wine, rich, but also supple. It should drink well for 5-7 years.  (12/2007)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (Larry Turley has been buying these grapes since 1995, but this is the first time this fruit has been bottled by itself; 16.3% alcohol) Good deep, bright red. Aromas of blueberry, licorice and spicy oak. Spicy and densely packed, conveying a strong impression of extract and a piquant note of orange peel. Superripe and highly concentrated wine, finishing with very well buffered tannins. This vineyard dates back to the 1890s.  (6/2008)

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Zinfandel

- 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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