1997 Turley "Old Vines" Zinfandel

SKU #330483 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From tiny parcels of 55- to 104-year old, head-pruned vineyards, the Turley team put together a blend called Zinfandel Old Vines. The dark ruby/purple-colored 1997 (15.3% alcohol) offers a stunning nose of blackberry, raspberry and cherry fruit intermixed with Asian spices, pepper, and balsam wood. Explosively rich in the mouth, with high glycerin, and a smooth, concentrated finish, this wine should drink well for 7-8 years.  (6/1999)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Effusively fruity, with juicy cherry, plum and wild berry flavors that are very ripe and plush. Finishes with firm tannins.  (6/1999)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good ruby color. Pungent, jammy aromas of red berries and black cherry jam. Sweet and harmonious, with nicely integrated acids framing the concentrated fruit; much fresher than the '96 bottling. Finishes with an exotic hint of orange peel and very good length.  (5/1999)

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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.