2010 Turley "Juvenile" California Zinfandel (Previously $40)

SKU #1117056 90 points Wine Spectator

 This spry red is loaded with zesty fruit, offering appealing black cherry aromas and supple yet still crisp huckleberry, toffee and spice flavors. (TF)  (6/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Hints of flowers, minerals and sweet spices run through the 2010 Zinfandel Juvenile, a wine that stands out for its focus and delineation. This mid-weight, aromatically expressive Zinfandel will drink well right out of the gate. The Juvenile, a young-vines bottling, is a great introduction to the Turley house style. It also happens to be a screaming value. (AG)  (12/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium ruby. Exotic aromas of blackberry syrup and licorice. Sweet, spicy and creamy, kept fresh by brisk, ripe acidity. Finishes with supple tannins and nice length. A very harmonious blend and an excellent value in Zinfandel. (ST)  (5/2012)

K&L Notes

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.

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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.