1999 Turley "Dogtown" Lodi Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Guess who let the dogs out? The finest effort yet produced from the amusingly named Dogtown Vineyard, the 1999 Zinfandel (600 cases, 16% alcohol) is great stuff. Blackberries, kirsch liqueur, spice, and pepper are present in this flamboyant, muscular, smooth fruit bomb. With low acidity, ripe tannin, and well-integrated wood, it should drink well for 7-8 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated dark ruby. Deep, smoky aromas of blackberry, raspberry and pepper. Huge, thick and seamless, with powerful, very deep berry flavors. Packs quite an alcoholic wallop. In-your-face, unrefined zinfandel for fans of monster wines. The crop level here was less than a half-ton per acre due to extensive frost in April, and this wine alcohol is about 16.3%. (RP)
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.