International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138
($48) Deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of raspberry, mocha, black olive and game. Large-scaled, saline and sappy, conveying a powerful impression of terroir with its notes of syrah-like game, mocha, truffle and pepper. Wonderfully tactile zinfandel, finishing extremely long, with tannins covered by peppery fruit. The Turley wine from this site has been consistently spectacular in recent years.
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Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 07/21/2012
Earthy ground smell. Not as strong as an old Burgundy, but along those lines. Long, smooth finish without a hint of bitterness. Balanced tannins. Very good bottle.
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/17/2010
Gorgeous, dark violet in color with a beautiful, intriguing nose of spicy blackberry, plum, lilacs, and game, this is one high alcohol zinfandel (16.1%)that does not reveal itself as such. Tasting of fine quality blackberries and pomegranate, with black pepper and clove spice as well as a hint of fennel and expertly integrated vanilla, there is no hint of jamminess or sense of its alcoholic content. Impressive!
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 05/14/2010
Very well balanced wine. Nice nose of raspberry, with hints of oak. The mouth is dominated by raspberry and some slight sense of cherry. Nice mild oaky spice and gentle tannins.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/22/2009
Wow! This is not the typical Turley fruit bomb one comes to expect. The nose is a pure raspberry liqueur. Tadte is quite elegant, not overwhelming or too extracted. Reminds me of Torbreck's Les Amis. Body is well balanced with more raspberry, light tannins, and some cherry. A wine for French Rhone lovers.
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