2013 Turley "Estate" Napa Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1201717 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Anyone who has visited Turley Cellars knows that the winery is right off Route 29, just north of St. Helena, seven miles south of Calistoga. The vineyard in their backyard produced the 2013 Zinfandel Turley Estate (15.7%). A young-vine, dry-farmed Zinfandel from head-pruned, organic vines planted in 2006, this is another Châteauneuf du Pape look-alike. Peppery, roasted meat, blackcurrant, black cherry and garrigue smells dominate this wine, which has a distinctive Mediterranean personality even though the closest body of water is Lake Hennessy, and the Pacific Ocean is a drive two to three hours west. Rich, full-bodied, and clearly one of the great Estate Zinfandels Larry Turley has made to date, this is beauty to drink now or to cellar and drink over the following decade. It’s a stunner – multi-dimensional, complex and – do I dare use the word? – delicious. (RP)  (4/2015)

94 points Vinous

 The 2013 Zinfandel Turley Estate, from Larry Turley's home vineyard in St. Helena, is one of the more powerful, overt wines of the vintage. Savory herbs, tobacco, sage, lavender, autumn leaves and dried cherries take on intriguing shades of exoticism. A closing kick of acidity adds brightness, but in the grand scheme of things the Estate is one of the more direct, focused wines in this lineup. (AG)  (10/2015)

K&L Notes

Turley Wine Cellars makes thirty-four wines, the majority of which are 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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