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1998 Turley "Hayne Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel

SKU #991025 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Year in and year out, one of the most concentrated and spectacular Zinfandels produced in California emerges from the old vines St. Helena's Hayne Vineyard. The 1998 Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard (16.4% alcohol) may not be quite as good as the nearly perfect examples from the past, but it is one of the vintage's superstars. Dense ruby/purple-colored, with a flamboyant nose of blackberries, cherries, kirsch, pepper, spice, and earth, this massive, chewy, full-throttle, hedonistic Zinfandel is exceptionally pure, with a finish that lasts for 35-40+ seconds. The emphasis is on super-ripe fruit, subtle dosages of new oak, and spectacular texture. It should drink well for at least a decade.  (6/2000)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium ruby-red. Aromatic, musky nose of raspberry, espresso, bitter chocolate and pepper. Sweet, fat and lush, with harmonious ripe acidity. Firmly minerally in the middle and broad on the back half, finishing with spice and licorice notes and a hint of exotic fruit. Finishes with noticeable wood tannins.  (5/2000)

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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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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 16.4