2013 Turley "Old Vines" California Zinfandel

SKU #1229401 91 points Vinous

 The 2013 Zinfandel Old Vines is dark, pliant and expressive, with fabulous depth and overall balance. Black cherry, plum, mocha, and exotic spices flesh out on the inviting, generous finish. This is another compelling Zinfandel that overdelivers for the price in a big way. (AG)  (10/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Zinfandel Old Vines (15.5%) comes from tiny parcels too small to be bottled separately or relatively newer sites for Larry Turley that needs to be monitored before they’re given separate vineyard designations. The 2013, which is essentially a multi-appellation blend from vines as young as 18 and as old as 80, comes from sites sprinkled over the entire Central and North Coast of California – Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lodi, Contra Costa, Amador, and Paso Robles. Dense ruby in color, with plenty of briary berry fruit, some earth, pepper and spice, and good acidity balancing out its power, it is fresh, pure, and not showing much oak. (Only about 20-35% new French oak is used in most of the cuvées.) (RP)  (4/2015)

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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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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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