2000 Turley "Pesenti" Paso Robles Zinfandel

SKU #1001248 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (Turley's first zin from these vines, which were harvested between October 20 and November 15 in 2000) Medium red. Pungent aromas of peppery red fruits, complicated by herbal and resiny nuances; has the sweet/sour quality of a fruit tart. Tangy red berry flavors enlivened by harmonious acidity. Quite tightly wound and promising. Finishes with fine tannins and very good length. Showing well today. From a 1923 planting in a cool site. (ST)  (6/2002)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The first Zinfandel from the Pesenti Vineyard vinified by Larry Turley and Ehren Jordan is the 2000. This old, 50-acre Paso Robles vineyard is planted on pure limestone (one of the few limestone vineyards in California). It carries 15.3% alcohol. The wine is structured, with surprisingly high acidity (the limestone effect), a deep ruby/purple color, graceful black currant and raspberry flavors, and hints of pepper, minerals, and spice. This elegant, European-styled Zinfandel is atypical compared to the other Turley offerings. (RP)  (8/2002)

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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.
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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.