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2012 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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2012 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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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2014

(15.5% alcohol; this certified organic vineyard was planted in the 1920s):  Medium red.  Classic zin aromas of blackberry, raspberry, red licorice and black pepper, plus hints of blackberry liqueur and fresh herbs.  Juicy, precise and light on its feet, with strong acidity and a hint of orange zest contributing to the impression of energy and cut.  Essentially a delicate style of zin but closes with firm tannic spine.  The pH here is a low 3.42:  Tegan Passalacqua notes that this wine can rival the Ueberroth Vineyard bottling for acidity.

89-91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Zinfandel

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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