Jack Tipple Found Some Turley
Turley Wine Cellars – “Turley wines are often recognized as “making some of the best, if not the best Zinfandel in California for decades.”There is a two year waiting list for new recipients into their wine club.
Turley specializes in wines made from old-vine red Zinfandel. They source fruit from older vineyards, some date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In previous issues of Wine Spectator & Wine Advocate magazine, Turley wines have received favorable reviews.
In 1993, Turley Wine Cellars was founded by Larry Turley, brother of the well-known consulting winemaker Helen Turley. Turley, had entered the wine business in 1981 as co-founder of the multi-varietal Frog’s Leap Winery, but soon realized that his interest lay in wines made from the Zinfandel grape.”
2008 Turley Hayne Vineyard Petite Syrah – 94-96 Points Wine Advocate – “Huge aromas of blackberries, blueberries, and ink, massive fruit concentration, enormous body, and a lot less alcohol than the Zinfandels (a character of this varietal). Readers who purchase any of these cuvees should forget them for 10 years, and drink them over the following 25-30 years.”
2009 Turley Dragon Vineyard Zinfandel – 90-92 Points Wine Advocate – “The 2009 Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard possesses copious fruit and spice, medium body, a precocious, front end-loaded style and a good finish. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.”
2009 Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel – 92-94 Points Wine Advocate – “Its dark ruby/purple hue is followed by notes of blueberries, blackberries and damp, mossy, forest floor scents. The wine possesses fabulous fruit, admirable ripeness and a rich, full-bodied mouthfeel and plenty of power as well as fruit.”