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2011 Turley "Rattlesnake Ridge" Howell Mountain Zinfandel (Previously $60)

SKU #1154384 94 points Wine Spectator

 An impressive Zin, powerfully built yet complex and precise. Loaded with pepper and floral boysenberry aromas, this balances lively tannins and acidity with ripe cherry, smoky sage and anise flavors. Cellar for now. Best from 2015 through 2023. (TF)  (6/2013)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Turley’s 2011 Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge is impressive. Dense, rich and powerful, the 2011 is beautifully crafted, with great balance of fruit, acidity and structure. Layers of black currants, sweet tobacco and tar are layered into the vibrant, nuanced finish. This vivid Zinfandel should drink well pretty much upon release, but also has the stuffing to develop beautifully in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. (AG)  (12/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (this was the first Zinfandel vineyard harvested on Howell Mountain in 2011, according to winemaker Tegan Passalacqua): Deep, bright ruby-red. Knockout nose combines blackberry, cracked pepper, dusty spices, musky coffee, minerals and earth. Dense, savory and dry, with terrific depth and texture to the rather uncompromising flavors of dark fruits, crushed rock and salty minerals. Serious Zinfandel for aging, but austere in the early going. (ST) 93+  (6/2013)

93 points Vinous

 The 2011 Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge is a little more aromatic and lifted than the Dragon, Turley's other Howell Mountain Zinfandel. Sweet tobacco, licorice, mint, plum and smoke notes wrap around a core of expressive, dark fruit. The aromas and flavors are distinctly savory in this medium-bodied yet intense Zinfandel. The Rattlesnake Ridge emerges from a well-exposed ridge that sees a lot of wind. (AG)  (11/2013)

K&L Notes

According to Wine Advocate's Antonio Galloni: "This is a thrilling set of wines from Larry Turley, Ehren Jordan and Tegan Passalacqua. Tasting this wide a range of 2010 and 2011 Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs is like taking a master class in California terroir. The house style favors an expression of Zinfandel and Petite Syrah built on aromatic intensity and elegance, which Jordan credits to gentle extractions. At times, the wines come across as quite Burgundian in the way they express richness but not excess heaviness. Over the last few years, the wines have become a little more laid-back and less overtly ripe, which is a net positive given that the starting point for all of these wines is fruit of exceptional quality." (12/2012)

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