2013 Turley "Rattlesnake Ridge" Howell Mountain Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the greatest Zinfandels I've ever tasted from Larry Turley, this wine (15.7% alcohol) offers super-concentrated blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit, some floral notes, an underlying firm structure, but lavish (if not luxurious) fruit, texture and a full-bodied mouthfeel. The finish goes on for a good 45+ seconds. This is an absolute tour de force in winemaking and a great example of what this winery - which changed the face of and consumer's reaction to Zinfandel - has achieved for nearly 25 years. This wine should drink well for 10-15 years, but I wouldn't be surprised to see bottles still strutting their stuff 20-25 years from now. (RP)
The 2013 Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge is the most powerful of Turley's three Howell Mountain Zinfandels. Dense and explosive, with palate staining intensity the 2013 exudes richness. Licorice, smoke, lavender, grilled herbs and inky red/purplish fruit blossom in the glass as this brooding, baritone-like Zinfandel slowly opens up. Readers need to be patient, as the 2013 need time. It is immensely beautiful, though, even at this early stage. (AG)
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.