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1997 Turley Zinfandel Aida Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Zinfandel

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SKU: 60149-1997-750

This item is available by the case only

Total:
$79.00

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Good ruby color. Syrupy blackberry, black cherry and gunflint aromas reminded me of grenache. Big, thick and superripe; slightly roasted Chateauneuf du Pape-like flavors betray some heat. But very concentrated.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 1999
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 1997 Zinfandel Aida Vineyard (from 30-year old vines; 16.8% alcohol) is once again the Chateauneuf du Pape of northern California. This wine boasts an herbes de Provence, garrigue, peppery, black raspberry-scented, exotic nose that is eerily similar to a top-class Chateauneuf. The color is a saturated dark ruby/purple, and the wine unleashes its full power with layers of roasted meats, pepper, and jammy fruit flavors. This stunning Zinfandel will overload most tasters' olfactory sensors. Moreover, it should drink well for 7-8 years. As I have stated many times in the past, Turley Cellars' offerings have become the reference point for Zinfandel, as they are the most complex, concentrated, hedonistic wines ever produced from this varietal. Critics claim the alcohol levels are too high, but proprietor Larry Turley and his winemaker, Ehren Jordan, would argue that the alcohol levels are high only because they harvested fully ripe fruit. Turley and Jordan have also taken the art of wine making to a higher playing field. At the same time, they have resurrected a bevy of old head-pruned Zinfandel vineyards that had largely been ignored, or had their crops sold off to be unceremoniously blended into white Zinfandel. Turley Cellars' goal is to produce 10,000 cases of unfiltered, hand-crafted Zinfandel. As for the 1997 Zinfandels, Larry Turley feels they |are the best wines we have yet made.| The wines are amazingly good, and as the following tasting notes suggest, readers could buy blind here and always end up with a juicy, complex, mouth filling Zinfandel.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Very ripe and earthy, with complex berry, cherry and plum notes. Finishes with a tannic edge that pumps out the flavor.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: rcl
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 36 bottles owned
  • 27 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 27 collectors)