2012 Turley "Juvenile" California Zinfandel

SKU #1157720 91 points Wine Spectator

 Turley has a reputation for old-vine, single-vineyard wines, but this bottling is the exception. Turley replaces dead vines from old vineyards, such as Hayne, Ueberroth and Pesenti, with new vines, using the vineyard's own genetic material. Until those vines reach 25 years of age, the grapes are picked separately and blended into the Juvenile bottling. The wine combines the power of the single-vineyard versions with youthful, fruit-forward character. That's particularly true in a vibrant Zin year like 2012. *Top 100 Wines of 2014* (TF)  (12/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Two wines are already in bottle, including the 2012 Zinfandel Juvenile, an assemblage of all the younger vine material that offers a lot of raspberry and blue fruits in a medium-bodied, silky style. Both of these cuvees are best drunk in their first 3-4 years of life. (RP)  (12/2013)

90 points Vinous

 Silky, sweet and absolutely impeccable, the 2012 Zinfandel Juvenile is all about texture. Bright red stone fruits, flowers, spices and mint are all laced into the super-expressive, generous finish. This young-vines cuvée is a reliably outstanding value, not to mention a hugely delicious wine. (AG)  (12/2014)

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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