1999 Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Turley Estate Napa Valley

1999 Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Turley Estate Napa Valley

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Customer Ratings

Based on 2 ratings
Round and luscious

Cafe Boulud had a very limited allocation of this wine which we enjoyed with a roasted rabbit dish. The wine was a gorgeous garnet color, full berry nose, and lots of forward fruit. Great mouthfeel, and so smooth. More complexity than the other reviewer noted, but tannins must be in perfect balance right now, as it was so drinkable. Our first Turley, so now we are hooked.

About Turley Wine Cellars

Producer Facts

Winery Name

Turley Wine Cellars

Web Site

http://www.turleywinecellars.com/

Napa Valley 1999

Napa’s 1999 was a slow-paced, cool growing season with very few heat spikes, which allowed a long hang-time for flavors, sugars, and tannins to come into perfectly balanced ripeness. If growers picked too early, instead of waiting it out in the long, dry Indian summer condition for the grapes to slowly come to maturity, or failed to crop thin and balance fruit loads for the cooler conditions, the vines struggled to get to perfect physiological ripeness, leaving a little flavor on the table and imparting a hard edge to the tannins. The best wines — and there are many outstanding wines in this cool, compact yet powerful vintage — are structured, concentrated, and focused, with the tannins and depth to age for the long haul.

The spring was cool and lingering, followed by a mild summer with a significant hot spell in early July. The weather warmed up again in late September as the harvest was underway. There was very little rainfall from April through October, resulting in concentrated, small berries. The long, cool season kept acids bright and fresh, and there is something to the argument that this was a more “European” styled vintage in the best sense of the term.

Solid, compact, structured wines, with somewhat Bordeaux-like interplay between power, structure, fruit, acidity, and elegance — the best of which should age well for a decade or two at least.

 

Key Dates

May
Scattered showers and hail over Memorial Day Weekend (North Coast)

June
Heavy winds and coldest recorded temperatures to date

July
Lowest accumulated temperature for in a quarter century

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