2013 Turley "Dragon Vineyard" Howell Mountain Zinfandel

SKU #1201677 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Larry Turley has produced three 2013 Zinfandels from the Howell Mountain AVA, which he was one of the first to exploit in terms of Zinfandel. Nearly 25 years later, he continues making some of the finest wines this ancient grape can produce. The 2013 Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard from Howell Mountain originates from one of the highest elevation sites in the Turley portfolio. Estate-owned, this vineyard (at 2400 feet, well above the fog line and east-facing as well) is planted in volcanic and rocky soils. It has always produced one of the killer Zinfandels, and the 2013 (15.3% alcohol) is no exception. It has a saturated dense ruby/purple color, a seamless integration of acidity, tannin and alcohol, stunning boysenberry, blueberry, and black raspberry fruit, and great complexity for a Zinfandel. Full-bodied, with a stunningly proportioned texture, terrific purity and palate presence, at the same time its acidity gives it a zestiness and an ethereal quality. This is a stunner and a Zinfandel that’s drinkable now, but also capable of evolving for up to a decade or more. (RP)  (1/2015)

94 points Vinous

 A big, dramatic wine, the 2013 Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard unfolds gradually on the palate, revealing layers of dark red-toned fruit and exceptional balance. Iron, cherry, plum, game, smoke, savory herbs, licorice, spice, graphite and menthol fill out the wine's big, broad shouldered frame effortlessly. Deep, powerful and intensely perfumed, the Dragon is a superb wine from Larry Turley and his team. Stylistically, the Dragon is quite savory and ferrous in its overall profile, with the fruit more in the background. (AG)  (10/2015)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (15.7% alcohol, from an east-facing site on the "mid-slope," with a rocky underpinning but more topsoil than the Rattlesnake Ridge, according to Tegan Passalacqua): Good medium red. Nice lift to the balsamic flavors of redcurrant, mocha and nuts. Sweet, supple and fine-grained, with very ripe flavors of black- and redcurrant and nutty oak. A fairly full style of zinfandel but without quite the energy of the Rattlesnake Ridge.  (5/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Lovely aromas of mountain flowers and loamy cracked pepper open to focused and layered flavors of dusty raspberry, licorice and dried sage. The tannins finish on a dry note. (TF)  (8/2015)

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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