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2011 Turley "Dragon Vineyard" Howell Mountain Zinfandel (Previously $60)

SKU #1146288 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright red-ruby. Crushed berries and licorice on the nose and palate, accented by lavender and Provencal herbs. Densely packed, sweet and layered, offering a compelling savory quality and a distinctly chewy texture. For all its considerable sweetness, the very long finish remains remarkably vibrant. The serious ripe tannins give this wine the underpinning for a graceful evolution in bottle. Larry Turley recommends pairing this with lamb shoulder done with garlic and thyme. (ST) 94+ Inner quote mark (5/2013)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Dark cherry, plum, blackberry, tobacco, orange peel and incense notes all wrap around the palate in the 2011 Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard. A rich, intense wine, that stands out for its power and breadth. Layers of fruit build to an explosive, full-bodied finish full of Howell Mountain character. (AG) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Intensely structured and focused, with a core of lively acidity and big but ripe tannins, this offers spicy, loamy boysenberry aromas and rich black cherry, toasty bay leaf and licorice flavors. Hands off for now. (TF) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Dragon Vineyard is an estate-owned and certified organic vineyard. Planted at 2,400 feet at one of the highest points on Howell Mountain, the vineyard sits well above the fog line and faces east. Vines aged 15 years. Rocky volcanic soils. Average annual rainfall is 46 in but all in winter. They drop twice as much fruit as they pick. Generously sweet aroma of blueberry, a little stemmy in a fragrant way. Very spicy, firm but very fine tannins. Has a transparency and elegance in the texture. A style for the winter. (JH) 17.5/20 points Inner quote mark (9/2013)

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