Winery: Beginning with just one vineyard in St. Helena in 1993, Larry Turley established Turley Wine Cellars. Today Turley Wine Cellars consists of 38 different old vine vineyards throughout California. The majority of the vineyards are single varietal Zinfandel or Petite Sirah [some vines even date back to the 1800’s]. “Larry has never met an old vine vineyard he didn’t like”, and the winery excels at crafting wines from these single vineyards. Turley Zinfandels are noted for their “cult status”, their wine club has a waiting list that spans out over 2 years.
Philosophy: “We aim to be stewards of some of California’s most distinctive vineyards, producing authentic wines that reflect their heritage.”
Winemaking: All of Turley’s vineyards are either Certified Organic by California Certified Organic Farmers, or in the process of being certified. Grapes for ‘Old Vines’ are sourced from vineyards that are too small to be bottled on their own along with “newer sites for the Turley family (and way of farming)” that need more time before they will be given separate vineyard designations. Vines range in age from 18 to 80 years and are spread over Central and North Coast California. 20-35% new French oak is used in aging.
Tasting notes: Red-violet in colour with compelling aromas of cherry, raspberry, chocolate, black pepper and sweet oak. Well-crafted with succulent cherry, blackberry, crushed black peppercorn and oak flavours glossed by silky tannins and good acidity. Espresso, chocolate, vanilla and more black pepper comprise the lengthy, plush finish. A classic, bold Cali Zin loaded with spice, jammy fruit and sweet, woodsy oak.
Produced and Bottled by Turley
$38 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2018
Rated 90 points by Wine Spectator