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Turley Wine Cellars makes thirty-four wines, the vast majority of which are single vineyard designate Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs. By focusing on old vine vineyards in particular, Turley aims to both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture. All of our vineyards are either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or somewhere in the process, and we use all natural yeasts in the fermentations.
Hailing from 24 vineyards in 12 different counties across our beautiful Golden State, the Turley Juvenile sets the standard for classic California Zinfandel. In 2016, we see the first touch of relief from the drought, evident in the more delicate notes of white pepper, floral fruits, and nearly a Burgundy-esque lift on the nose. The palate is a great deal more powerful than the nose would have you believe; resplendent with dark fruits, black pepper and savory smoked spices, topped off by smooth, well-integrated tannins.
Though the vast majority of our wines are single vineyard designates, Juvenile is actually composed of a variety of young vines that have been replanted in several of our old vine sites. We tag the younger vines then pick them separately and make a distinct wine. The vines that make up Juvenile range in age from about 6-25 years, and we pull from a selection of our best vineyards across California, including Hayne, Pesenti, Salvador, Vineyard 101, Fredericks and Kirschenmann.
- 89 Points -
Antonio Galloni, March 2018
The 2016 Zinfandel Juvenile, Turley's young-vine, entry-level wine, captures the freshness of the vintage in its bright, red-toned fruit. Hints of cedar, orange peel, spice and tobacco add layers of flavor nuance to this mid-weight, inviting Zinfandel. Drink it over the next few yearsSee detailed press review