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2011 Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Vineyard 101 Alexander Valley
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About Turley Wine Cellars

When it comes to California Zinfandels, Larry Turley is the master. His are huge, exotic reds that often have head-spinning alcohol and a bit of residual sugar, but at their core, are really showcases for the rich, ripe, old-vine fruit...

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2011 Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Vineyard 101 Alexander Valley

Producer: Turley Wine Cellars
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Zinfandel
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma
Appellation: Alexander Valley

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

Good bright red.  Captivating high-pitched aromas of crushed cherry, pungent orange zest and chalk show pinot-like lift and coolness; conveys a low-pH aromatic character.  Spicy and razor-sharp in the mouth, with terrific lift to the flavors of cherry, spices and flowers.  Finishes with excellent juicy cut.  I would never have guessed this wine was carrying 15.9% alcohol.  This wine is always high in natural acidity, notes winemaker Tegan Passalacqua, adding that the pH here is 3.38.

94 Points | Wine Spectator
91-93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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Zinfandel is not the rage it was in the 1980s and early 1990s, as there are now too many wines made from overripe fruit or from young vines, or overwhelmed by excessive use of new barrels. Today's Zin styles range from elegant, taut, and claret-like midweights to superripe and potty behemoths, with off-the-charts...
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