2012 Turley "Juvenile" California Zinfandel
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.
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)
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.
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.