2014 Turley "Sadie Upton" Amador County Zinfandel

SKU #1244024 93 points Vinous

 The 2014 Zinfandel Sadie Upton Vineyard is endowed with real class and personality. Deep, dense and beautifully centered, the 2014 speaks to poise and balance. Succulent red cherry, pomegranate, spice, cedar and tobacco meld into the deep, fleshy finish, while polished tannins add to the wine's total finesse. (AG)  (12/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another Amador offering (from vines planted in 1922 during Prohibition) is the 2014 Zinfandel Sadie Upton Vineyard, an expressive wine with loads of raspberry, cherry and wild strawberry notes, terrific aromatics, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and well-hidden potency (15.7% alcohol). Lusty, lush, pure, clean and fruit-driven, this is another beauty from Turley to drink over the next 7-8 years. (RP)  (4/2016)

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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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Sierra Foothills/El Dorado

- This sweeping inland territory (an AVA on its own right), encompassing El Dorado, Fiddletown, Shenandoah and Amador, has been on the grape-growing map since the Gold Rush. With the exception of high-altitude El Dorado, the vineyards here are sun-baked and hot—in other words, best suited to old-vine zinfandel, petit sirah and Rhône varietals. The cooler climes of El Dorado are ideal for cabernet, chardonnay and merlot.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.7