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2017 Turtle Rock "Westberg Red" Paso Robles Zinfandel-Tempranillo

SKU #1461958 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The Zinfandel-dominated 2017 Westberg Red (which includes 24% Tempranillo) is another saturated purple-colored effort from winemaker Don Burns that offers an earthy, meaty bouquet of black fruits, plums, Asian spices, flowers incense, and blood orange. It's ripe, sexy, rounded, and just a beautiful drink. I’d be thrilled to have bottles in the cellar. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blend of 76% Zinfandel and 24% Tempranillo aged 22 months in 60% new oak, the medium ruby-purple colored 2017 Westberg Red is scented of cranberry, sour cherries, sliced peaches, purple flowers, earth and charcuterie, blossoming with time to loads of bright, high-toned nuances. Medium to full-bodied, it explodes with perfumed flavor layers, gently framed but über juicy, finishing long and loaded with flavor. (EB) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

K&L Notes

"There are few estates in California today that are more exciting than Don Burns’ Turtle Rock. Pulling from some of the top vineyards on the westside of Paso Robles and making the wines as Justin Smith’s Saxum estate, Burns has consistently produced some of the wines of the vintage since his first releases in 2014. As I wrote in the past, readers interested in finding the next up and coming superstar in Paso Robles need to put Don and Claudia Burns’ Turtle Rock estate at the top of their list." - Jeb Dunnuck

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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2020 | Send Email
I was introduced to Turtle Rock about five years ago and was immediately impressed by how commanding the wines were with their bold flavor profile, gorgeous mouthfeel and impeccable balance. I continue to be impressed 5 years later with the Westberg Red. A deliciously lusty blend of Zin and Tempranillo with plenty of deep chocolate, tobacco, ripe and dried fruits, this is full-bodied and so luxurious and smooth- it is screaming for a lamb burger, grilled sausage or finger-licking saucy BBQ ribs.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2020 | Send Email
The Westberg Red is a silky, delicious zinfandel heavy blend with 24% of tempranillo all hailing from 4hearts vineyard in Paso Robles. The moment I tried this, I kept thinking about how I would not only want to have a big ol' BBQ at my place, but also how I would love to have some ribs with wine. The Westberg Red is rather meaty, with nice notes of white pepper, and worthy enough of being invited to your next bbq!

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2020 | Send Email
This exuberant red is bursting with flavor. There’s plenty of classic Zinfandel fruit; brambly and briary, punctuated by the elegance and grace of Tempranillo. It’s truly a remarkable combination. The nose emits a wild array of berries and flowers. Though it skews towards being a bigger style wine, enthusiasts will be impressed by its sleek and seamless nature. If there’s a BBQ or Tri-Tip in your future, be sure to pour a bottle of the Westberg Red into a decanter about an hour ahead of schedule. The pairing will silence the room. Drink up!

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