2011 Turley "Pesenti" Paso Robles Zinfandel

SKU #1180249 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright red-ruby. Aromas of black cherry and crushed pepper show an almost exotic aspect. Offers compelling sweetness of black cherry and dark berry fruit allied with strong acidity and lifted by pepper and herb notes. Really tactile, sappy and penetrating right through to the pungent, very long finish. Classic young zinfandel for aging. (ST)  (5/2013)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard is rich, round and harmonious. Layers of expressive red fruit flow effortlessly to the inviting finish. The 2011 still needs to fully come together, but everything looks good so far. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. (AG)  (12/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Deeply structured and jammed with fruit, this offers aromas of briary wild berry and grilled fennel, with appealingly rustic and ripe dried cherry, mineral and smoky cracked pepper flavors. Drink now through 2021. (TF)  (2/2014)

91 points Vinous

 The 2011 Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard shows the weight and richness of Paso Robles. A big, explosive wine, the Pesenti is all about texture and volume. There is an immediacy in the Pesenti that is impossible to resist. (AG)  (11/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 I absolutely loved this wine. Fabulously fruity nose. Spice and pepper and juicy and the alcohol doesn't show. That hint of orange too. Refined tannins, remarkably elegant and very persistent. Almost a Pinot nose with fragrant red fruit. Complex and so unexpectedly refined. I expected a bruiser and found elegance. Another Zin revelation. As Turley's own description says: 'The wines have a lightness and aromas unique to the site, with crushed-mineral and floral characteristics not normally seen in Zinfandel. 19/20 points. (JH)  (9/2013)

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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- 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.
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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 16.3