2012 Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Turley Estate Napa Valley

2012 Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Turley Estate Napa Valley

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

93 Points Vinous Media
91 Points Wine Advocate
88 Points Wine Spectator, 2014
88 Points Vinous Media
84 Points Wine Spectator, 2009

Napa Valley 2012

Near-perfect conditions on the heels of two challenging years had Napa winemakers smiling as the 2012 harvest came to a close. To begin the season, spring bud break went off in perfect conditions, as did flowering and fruit set, setting the stage for a solid crop in terms of quantity. The summer continued with textbook conditions — warm days and cool nights allowing ripening with good flavors, sugars, and acid. Wines are rich, forward, and concentrated with plush, deep, dark fruit.

The ongoing drought played a role, with careful attention to irrigation causing some preliminary worries. Grapes did show some evidence of the stress with smaller, concentrated berries and higher polyphenols in the skins, but in the end these were more a contributing factor to the concentration and excellent quality of the fruit than a reason for concern.

Harvest started with a moderate September followed by a warm spell (with several days over 100°F) at the start of October, four days of rains to close out the month, and overall excellent conditions.

The results from these terrific conditions is a good-sized crop of very high-quality wines that are well-structured and concentrated with deep colors for the reds, slightly higher alcohols from the long ripening, but also in most cases with enough freshness and acidity to balance. Overall, they are wines with enough seductive fruit to be approachable young, but the best should age and develop for a decade and more.

Key Dates

March
Early bud break

August
Harvest starts for sparkling wine

September
Harvest starts for still wine

About Turley Wine Cellars

Producer Facts

Winery Name

Turley Wine Cellars

Web Site

http://www.turleywinecellars.com/

About Zinfandel

Zinfandel Facts

Flavor Profile

Bold, assertive red wines often showing jammy fruits and impressively high alcohol

Food Pairings

Grilled meats and barbecue

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