2012 Turley "Cedarman" Howell Mountain Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Zinfandel Cedarman includes a small amount of Petite Syrah. It is actually a proprietary blend from their two other Zinfandel cuvees, Rattlesnake Ridge and Dragon Vineyard, both on Howell Mountain.
The 2012 Zinfandel Cedarman shows lovely density and breadth. Cinnamon, cloves, dark plums, spices and licorice come together in a round, supple wine laced with gorgeous resonance. Today the 2012 is soft and approachable, with plenty of near-term appeal. Sweet floral and spice notes add lift on the finish. The blend is 40% Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel, 40% Dragon Zinfandel and 20% Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Sirah.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(15.8% alcohol; includes a bit of petite sirah): Good deep red. Ripe, rather wild aromas of dark fruits, earth, bitter chocolate and musky coffee. Sweet, tactile and superripe; a bit lower-toned and more chocolatey in the mouth than some of the preceding zins but with no shortage of acidity. Finishes with substantial tannins and very good length. This is actually a blend from Rattlesnake Ridge and Dragon Vineyards.