About Turley Wine Cellars
Turley Wine Cellars
When it comes to California Zinfandels, Larry Turley is the master. Turley's wines 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. Today under winemaker Tegan Passalacqua, the Turley estate winery is focused great old vine vineyards throughout the state, both for the excellent fruit they produce but also ensuring their existence in the future. These powerful Zins got their start when Larry founded Turley Wine Cellars in 1993. At the time, the operation consisted of a single winery in St. Helena; grapes were mainly sourced from Napa producers at sites like Hayne Vineyard, Moore Earthquake Vineyard, Aida, and Zinfandel Vineyards. Today, Turley has added a second winery in Paso Robles, a facility in Amador, plus 87 acres of estate vineyards, and fruit from sites as far south as Baja, California USA.
If you're interested in wine touring, Turley has two tasting rooms located in Amador County and Paso Robles. The tasting room staff is very friendly and are experts in their craft. While many of the wines still possess big fruit and alcohol, Tegan has moved them beyond that stereotype, with an array of wines from great old vine vineyards throughout the state. In total, Turley Wine Cellars produces thirty-four wines. Most of these wines are single vineyard designate Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs.