2005 Turley "Juvenile" California Zinfandel

SKU #1031826

90 points Wine Spectator: "Gutsy and a little rustic, this is full of youthful verve. Aromas of wild berry, smoky pepper and licorice, and zesty raspberry, plum and rosemary flavors that build to lively tannins. Drink now through 2010." (06/07) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Moderately saturated medium ruby. Red cherry, pepper and spice on the nose. Fresh and juicy in the mouth, with a light touch to the red fruit and spice flavors. A very fresh style of zinfandel with good intensity and length. This is an excellent value." (May/June 07) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate wrote: "The 2005 Zinfandel Juvenile's sexy nose of sweet kirsch, pepper, and spice is accompanied by an excellent attack, but the wine is medium-bodied, tart, light, and elegant. For those whiners who feel Turley Zinfandels are too big, powerful, and concentrated, this lighter-styled vintage may have more appeal." (12/06)

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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.


- 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.