2013 Turley "Cedarman" Howell Mountain Zinfandel

SKU #1229391 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A Howell Mountain Zinfandel, the 2013 Zinfandel Cedarman Vineyard is a proprietary blend of Zinfandel from both the Rattlesnake Ridge and Dragon Vineyards. A tiny bit of Petite Syrah and Syrah makes it into the final blend. This is profound wine. Inky ruby/purple, with notes of blackcurrants, blackberries and a floral component as well, this full-bodied, stunningly rich, concentrated and structured Zinfandel is loaded. Dense and powerful (15.8% alcohol), the wine will last for 10-15 or more years. This is a great, great effort in what looks to be an unreal vintage in terms of quality for Turley. With a finish that goes on for a good 40-45 seconds, this is amazing stuff. 97+ (RP)  (4/2015)

93 points Vinous

 The 2013 Zinfandel Cedarman is one of the few entry-level wines in this range that needs time. Dark, sweeping and totally voluptuous in the glass, the Cedarman offers compelling depth in its dark red and bluish fruits, new leather, menthol and spices, along with a host of savory notes that develop on the finish. The Cedarman is a blend of fruit from Dragon and Rattlesnake, Turley's two Howell Mountain vineyards, plus a dollop of Petite from Rattlesnake that gives the wine an extra kick of mid-palate depth. Best of all, the Cedarman delivers fabulous value by any measure and remains one of the hidden gem in this extensive lineup. (AG)  (10/2015)

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

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- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.