2005 Turley "Duarte" Contra Costa County Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From the sandy soils of Contra Costa, the well-made 2005 Zinfandel Duarte reveals plenty of fruit, power, and richness. It should turn out to be outstanding once it has been bottled. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. High-toned, fruit-driven aromas of dark cherry and raspberry. Dense, sappy and sweet, with a candied, liqueur-like character to its red berry and spice flavors. Offers an enticing sugar/acid balance and noteworthy concentration. (ST)
The ripe, slightly rustic side of this Zinfandel is balanced by a focused beam of complexity. Smoky, meaty aromas blend with ripe cherry, leading to rich, zesty flavors of licorice, cedar and pepper.
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.