2012 Turley "Estate" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Zinfandel Turley Estate comes from the estate’s youngest vines having been planted in 2006, and already certified organic. The wine shows lots of berry fruit, earth and pepper as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel.
The 2012 Zinfandel Turley Estate comes across as delicate. Aromatically expressive and nuanced, the 2012 impresses for its balance and poise. The wine is a bit less put together on the palate, but further time in barrel and then bottle should do the trick. The juicy, resonant finish points to a bright future.
According to Robert Parker: "Turley Wine Cellars has long been one of the more enviable wine operations in California. Larry Turley should, and does, receive enormous credit for nearly single-handedly preserving many of the heritage old vine Zinfandel sites that exist in northern California. Most of them were threatened with being torn up with what was believed to be more popular varietals such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. This estate produces nearly thirty single vineyard Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs, all from organically farmed vineyards. Natural yeast fermentations have always been the rule, and the percentage of new oak used has dropped from a high of 30% to about half that. Their Zinfandels are never shy, but tasting through the 2012s, it appears they are not as extracted as they once were... Virtually every one of these 2012 Zinfandels will be drinkable upon release in 2014, and should last for 6-8 years." (12/2013)