2000 Turley "Juvenile" California Zinfandel

SKU #998311 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2000 Zinfandel Juvenile is a composite blend of fruit from young vines from all the top Zinfandel vineyards Turley farms (i.e., Moore/Earthquake, Hayne, Duarte, and Presenti). These young vine parcels are segregated and not blended with the old vine parcels used for the more substantial offerings produced under the single vineyard labels. There are 950 cases of the Juvenile, which sees about 20% new oak. This is a great value in Zinfandel... offering abundant quantities of cassis and blackberry fruit, a big, peppery, spicy nose, medium to full body, and loads of berry fruit offered in an extravagantly rich, grapy style. (RP)  (8/2002)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full, deep red. Exotic red fruits, clove and a peppery nuance on the nose. Juicy, fruit-driven and firm, with an attractive balance for early consumption. Ripe and peppery. Finishes with dusty tannins. (a blend of young vines from several vineyards) (ST)  (6/2002)

K&L Notes

Turley Wine Cellars makes 34 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 are somewhere in the process, and they use all-natural yeasts in the fermentations. This Zinfandel is a blend of young vines from several of their single-vineyard-designated bottlings.

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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.

United States

- 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.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.