2008 Turley - Zinfandel Cedarman 750ml

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2008 Turley - Zinfandel Cedarman
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($29) Bright red-ruby. Aromas of raspberry liqueur, mace and licorice pastille. Complex, smoky and deep, with good energy to the superripe raspberry and chocolate flavors. This very rich, sweet wine boasts a creamy middle palate and impressive stuffing but seemed to shut down in the glass. With its suave tannins and solid kick of acidity, it should be better for a couple years in the bottle. Love that price!

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 150

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Score: 92
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/15/2014
Score: 95
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 07/29/2012
RP Rate A prodigious effort, the 2008 Zinfandel Cedarman comes from some of the younger vines (25 years old), but wow, what an impressive example! Its deep purple color is accompanied by a glorious bouquet of blueberries, black raspberries, incense, crushed rocks, and spring flowers. Full-bodied, heady, dense, and sensationally textured as well as long, it should drink well for a decade. As I have said many times, the most underrated varietal (especially if you are a connoisseur or collector wanting to age California wines for 10-20 years) is Petite Sirah, which ages just as well as the finest Cabernet Sauvignons. In fact, it ages more slowly, and in 2009, well-cellared examples from the late 1960s and early 1970s continue to be remarkable wines. All of the following wines are noteworthy, and I am sure they will still be drinking beautifully in 25, 35, perhaps even 40 or more years. They need plenty of time to age, and because they have never been fashionable, their prices tend to be realistic. That said, you have to be a masochist to drink these wines young as they are massive, inky/blue/black, super-concentrated offerings that need at least 8-10 years of bottle age.
Score: 91
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/13/2011
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential Nose: olive and black truffle interwoven with red fruit Palate: olive and black truffle carries over and mingles with fig and raisin. The truffle is unexpected but unmistakable. Good structure and balance. Not for everyone. But unlike any wine I have tried in the past. Very unusual. Something different. I would drink it again.
Score: 85
Author: TCL
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/19/2011

About This Producer


Making "big reds" has been Larry Turley's passion since giving up his co-ownership of Frog's Leap Winery in 1993. Turley Wine Cellars is run by Larry and his wife Suzanne. Larry's sister, winemaker Helen Turley, made the wines here until 1995. Now the honor goes to Ehren Jordan, who also makes wines for Neyers. With a focus on producing old-vine Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, Turley sources fruit from vineyards some of which date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. Both the Zinfandels and Petite Sirahs have a dark, saturated, inky color, with intense fruit flavors that make unforgettable statements about the power and complexity these varieties may attain.

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