We are opening up for a special tasting of up to nine different Turley vineyard designate Zinfandels. (This is just a tasting so no food will be available.) As you probably know, Turley's mailing list has been closed for years with a waiting list a mile long, so this is truly an extraordinary opportunity to sample some amazing cult status Zins that very, very few people are ever able to taste. I've been sandbagging Turley for this special event for the past year and have a staggering twenty-five cases available for sale. You can sample any Turley(s) that you want for a mere three bucks per ounce-and-a-half tasting pour. Then, while supplies last, we'll have all nine different wines (see tasting notes and bottle prices below) available for sale while supplies last. These will make awesome Christmas gifts for any of hard-to-please wine lovers on your list, too! Once they're gone, they're gone, so come early to avoid disappointment. If you'd like to attend please just click interested in attending and indicate the number of people attending and approximate time of arrival so we can staff accordingly. Hope to see you here!
WINE NOTES & BOTTLE PRICES
2015 Turley "Old Vine" Zinfandel ~ $38 (84 bottles available)
(California) Winemaker's Notes: Old Vines is composed of a variety of old sites from California that are either too small to be made into a vineyard designate wine or are “new” to the Turley family (and way of farming). Vines are anywhere from 41 to 129 years old, and a true representation of California old vine Zinfandel, hailing from vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lodi, Contra Costa, Amador and Paso Robles. There is no better way to gauge the classic character of old vine Zinfandel in California than through this wine. Given that old vine vineyards (and their yields) have been on the decline for quite some time, and with 2014’s woefully small Old Vines harvest fresh in our mind, our intrepid winemaker Tegan Passalacqua set out on a mission to discover a “new” old vine vineyard. Let it be truly old, but healthy; silky, yet concentrated; and have beautiful, succulent fruit, without compromising on tannin & texture. And lo, he hath delivered! Please welcome the Steacy Vineyard in Lodi as the newest addition to the multi-vineyard sourced 2015 Old Vines. Planted in sandy soils, Steacy’s vines hail from 1907 & the 1950’s, and they lend an excellent lift and approachable charm to one of our favorite wines. Dark brambly and well-spiced red fruits on the deeply fragrant nose are prolonged on the palate, followed by classic Old Vines texture: an excellent acid/tannin synergy, and the kind of natural depth, complexity, and grace that can only come from truly old vines.
2015 Turley "Estate" Zinfandel ~ $56 (48 bottles available)
(Napa Valley) Winemaker's Notes: The 2015 is distinctively, elegantly Estate: savory notes of rhubarb, orange, cranberry and garrigue on the nose. Well-integrated tannins provide a rounded, thoroughly satiating texture on the palate. The Turley Estate is perhaps the closest to the classic Aida Zinfandels of our early days, as the original vineyard was just across the creek from our estate today.
2015 Turley "Buck Cobb" Zinfandel ~ $46 (36 bottles available)
(Amador County) Winemaker's Notes: There’s no question that this wine gets better and better with each year. The 2015 is elegant, perfumed, with piercing aromas of dark savory anise, crème de cassis, blue fruit, and granite dust. An abundance of fruits echoes on the palate, balanced by an earthy twinge and grippy, fine-grained tannins. With the addition of small amounts of Petite Syrah and Alicante in this vineyard, the Cobb tells the story of a classic California field blend.
2015 Turley "Mead Ranch" Zinfandel ~ $55 (36 bottles available)
(Napa Valley) Winemaker's Notes: Cracked pepper, fresh sage, rosemary and chaparral mingle with dark, macerated fruits on the nose. With firmly medium tannins and a pleasantly tart texture, the wine culminates in a multi-syllabic finish sure to convert even the most cantankerous of California naysayers.
2014 Turley "Judge Bell" Zinfandel ~ $50 (36 bottles available)
(Shenandoah Valley) Reviw by Robert Parker ~ 94 points: Absolutely sumptuous, the 2014 Zinfandel Judge Bell Vineyard (planted in 1907) is another Amador County cuvée, coming in at 15.5% alcohol. This is a big, dark, full-bodied wine with expressive aromatics of sweet red, blue and black fruits, spice, a dash of pepper, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and Turley’s signature hallmark of purity and vibrant fruit nicely balanced by acidity and sweet tannin. Hedonistic, but also intellectually satisfying, this big, juicy Amador Zinfandel should drink well for 5-6 years.
2015 Turley "Duarte" Zinfandel ~ $54 (24 bottles available)
(Contra Costa County) 100% Zinfandel. Winemaker's Notes: Bright, vibrant red fruits, rosemary and sandalwood on the nose. We’ve been making this wine since 1995, and true to form, the palate has that characteristic lively acidity balanced by a deeply satisfying plush texture that makes it immensely gratifying right out of the gate!
2015 Turley "Dragon" Zinfandel ~ $66 (24 bottles available)
(Napa Valley) Winemaker's Notes: Dark berries, savory spiced meats, and dried flowers on the nose. With an incredible brooding texture, well-structured tannins and a long, elegant finish, the Dragon will be easily enjoyed now and well into the future.
2015 Turley "Cedarman" Zinfandel ~ $60 (12 bottles available)
(Howell Mountain) Winemaker's Notes: A proprietary blend of fruit from both Rattlesnake Ridge and Dragon Vineyards, located at the top of Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. Although primarily Zinfandel, a small amount of Petite Syrah from the Rattlesnake vineyard is used as well. The result is a truly powerful, dense and wild wine, long on flavor.
2015 Turley "Pesenti" Zinfandel ~ $62 (12 bottles available)
(Central Coast) Winemaker's Notes: This certified organic estate-owned vineyard was planted in the 1920’s on primarily limestone soil. Though the vines are head-trained and dry-farmed, the soil plays the most important role in distinguishing this vineyard on the west side of Paso Robles. The wines have a brightness, with chalk and floral aromas unique to the site, and to Zinfandel in general.