1996 Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Whitney Tennessee Vineyard Napa Valley

1996 Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Whitney Tennessee Vineyard Napa Valley

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94 Points Wine Advocate, 1997
94 Points Wine Advocate, 1998
92 Points Wine Spectator

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1996 Turley's Still Win in 2011!

I fell in love with Turley in the late 90's with the '96 Whitney Tennessee and the Black Sears (Black Sears being my favorite). I have collected and drunk Turley sine then! We attended a Turley dinner at Boston's Harvest in the early 2000's...we mentioned to the Turley rep how much we loved the '96 Whit Tenn and Black Sears...imagine our surprise after dinner when he brought us a btl of '96 Black Sears! Awesome...you are asking, "What does this have to do with anything?" I just won a couple of btl's of '96 Whit Tenn and Black Sears on winebid.com...cracked open a Whit Tenn...OMG!!!!! It is all I remember...anyone, who thinks that Zins don't age or fare well with age are sorely mistaken! Fruit from hell...on entry...only difference, maybe a bit more raisin than blackberry...still hot, fruit bomb with finish like a dream! I am transported back 10-15 years. PS...I am still drinking my '97 Dogtown...Turley Zin is the Energizer Bunny of wine!

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Napa Valley 1996

The 1996 vintage started off with a warm spring and early bud break, but uncharacteristic rain in May caused problems with flowering and shatter, reducing the size of the crop by as much as 20-30% in some vineyards. A relatively hot summer followed, with several intense heat waves that pushed ripening ahead, but left the fruit in an uneven state of ripeness. Green harvesting, canopy management, and careful selection allowed growers to sort out the troublesome bunches, and those who meticulously worked their vineyards, as always, made the best wines. During the summer heat spikes, many vineyards suffered in the hot, dry conditions, and as harvest approached, some were pushed to pick early as sugars raced off and acids dropped.

Fortunately, a dry and mild September prolonged hang-time and allowed slow, steady, even-handed ripening, and the Indian summer conditions continued until after the harvest and into November. Those who made it through the late summer heat were able to take advantage of the fine conditions that followed, picking grapes at optimum maturity. The result is a somewhat variable vintage, with some good to very good wines that lack the stuffing to be great, and others that are excellent, with beautiful ripeness, structure, and depth.

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