Turley Wine Cellars : Old Vines Zinfandel 2016

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Larry Turley: King of Zinfandel

Turley Wine Cellars has a way with Zinfandel unlike any other producer. Founded by Larry Turley who was previously a co-owner of the successful Frog’s Leap Winery, Turley focuses on revitalizing old vineyards to create gorgeous wines. The winery produces 47 wines from over 50 certified organic vineyards that they have rejuvenated to preserve California’s unique winemaking style.

The Old Vines wine is made from Zinfandel grapes ranging from 41 to 129 years old. The grapes come from a number of sites that are either too small to be made into a vineyard or are a newer vineyard plot to the Turley estate. Turley focuses on older vineyard sites converting them to organic farming and allowing their character to shine through. This wine is a classic example of what a true California Zinfandel can do. It is bursting with red fruit; notes of raspberry, plum and cherries lead to a spicy earth finish. The wine is medium to full body with structured tannins that can stand up to a steak or hearty meat dish.

Parker : 91 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
One of Turley's emblematic bottlings, the 2016 Zinfandel Old Vines exhibits a lovely bouquet of raspberries, plums, cherries and licorice. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with rich structuring tannins, a generous core of fleshy fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Passalacqua notes that a lot of the single vineyards that Turley works with today began life as part of the Old Vines blend while the sources and farming improvements were made and that a few barrels of many of the top single vineyards usually find their way into the blend.
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Contains sulfites