2012 Turley "Juvenile" California Zinfandel

SKU #1157720 91 points Wine Spectator

 *Top 100 Wines of 2014* Turley has a reputation for old-vine, single-vineyard wines, but this bottling is the exception. Turley replaces dead vines from old vineyards, such as Hayne, Ueberroth and Pesenti, with new vines, using the vineyard's own genetic material. Until those vines reach 25 years of age, the grapes are picked separately and blended into the Juvenile bottling. The wine combines the power of the single-vineyard versions with youthful, fruit-forward character. That's particularly true in a vibrant Zin year like 2012. (TF)  (12/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Two wines are already in bottle, including the 2012 Zinfandel Juvenile, an assemblage of all the younger vine material that offers a lot of raspberry and blue fruits in a medium-bodied, silky style. Both of these cuvees are best drunk in their first 3-4 years of life. (RP)  (12/2013)

90 points Vinous

 The 2012 Juvenile is juicy, open and expressive. Succulent red cherries, menthol and spices all flesh out in a supple, inviting Zinfandel-based red to drink now and over the next few years.  (11/2013)

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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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.