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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 150
($48) Good full red. Superripe chocolatey nose offers a floral nuance as well as a suggestion of Madeira. Sweet, rich and powerful, with the rather decadent chocolate quality carrying through on the palate. This clenched wine is dominated today by its chewy tannic structure. Finishes a bit roasted. This could get tiring.
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Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/18/2014
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Nose was hot and floral. Rustic. Palate with fig and black pepper. Still with dense tannins. Balance tipped toward being a bit hot.
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 07/29/2012
One of the old classics, Turley's 2008 Zinfandel Moore Earthquake Vineyard (made from extremely old vines) it exhibits southern Rhone-like characteristics of roasted peppers, licorice, lavender, crushed rocks, kirsch, and other black fruits. With excellent intensity, richness, and full body, it is another example of this sensationally strong, impressive vintage for Turley Wine Cellars.
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.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/25/2010
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