More Vintages and Sizes of Turley - Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard:
International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126
($32) Deep ruby-red. Aromas of dark berry liqueur, dark chocolate, menthol and pepper. Fat and silky if a bit aggressive with alcohol; slightly roasted flavors of black berry and licorice. More savory than sweet, with the fruit flavors showing a distinct hot-year character. Finishes with a note of chocolate.
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Author: Robert Parker
An impressively endowed offering is the big, rich 2004 Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard. There are usually fewer than 500 cases of this effort, which generally reveals southern Rhone-like garrigue characteristics along with plenty of soil overtones, fresh black cherries, and a spicy, heady finish.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/19/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2014
A delicious zin. Ripe, concentrated, lush blackberry, black cherry and bluberry fruit. Tannins fully integrated. Enough acidity to keep this light on its feet. Long-lasting, delicious finish.
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/17/2009
Drink Dates: 2010
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/25/2009
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation
A dead ringer for a young Chateauneuf du Pape, the perfume of grilled beef, violet, pepper, sage and tea fooled me immediately. While heady, the body of the wine concealed the alcohol content admirably. Silky arrays of pure raspberry fruit sashayed over the palate w/ a sense of refinement that belied the wine?s size. Rich, without being overdone, the wine?s character was more about polish than sheer extraction. This example of masterful winemaking highlights what possibilities lay w/in the Zinfandel grape in California.
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