2012 Turley "Duarte" Contra Costa County Zinfandel

SKU #1157723 91 points Vinous

 The 2012 Zinfandel Duarte emerges from a site in Contra Costa. The field blend includes dollops of Carignane and Mourvedre. Silky, sweet tannins provide the backbone for an attractive range of floral and spice notes. The aromatics here are particularly compelling. (AG)  (11/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark, bright red. Briary redcurrant and raspberry aromas show a faintly stewed character. Creamy in the mouth and a bit undifferentiated but not overly sweet. Possesses decent acidity and finishes with a fine dusting of tannins but I wanted a bit more personality. (ST)  (6/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Both the 2012 Zinfandel Duarte and 2012 Zinfandel Salvador are deep and richly fruity with the Salvador seemingly more intense than the open-knit, loamy, peppery, spicy Duarte. (RP)  (12/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Floral and dusty raspberry aromas lead to soft, jammy flavors of cherry, smoky bay leaf and spice.  (6/2014)

K&L Notes

This Zinfandel is a blend of three Contra Costa County vineyards planted between 1890 and 1930! Plenty of acidity to support the loads of dark fruit.

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