1997 Turley - Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 90-92

The 1997 Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard (from 102-year old vines; 15.4% alcohol) is the finest wine I have tasted from this source. Duarte is one of the few remaining California vineyards where the vines are planted on their own roots, rather than being grafted, as the region's sandy soils have proved to be resistant to the phylloxera disease. This wine always seems to have a dusty, balsam wood, Provencal herb, peppery note, but the 1997 reveals more cherry liqueur and black raspberries. Additionally, the color is a saturated dark ruby/purple. Full-bodied and concentrated, with deep layers of flavor that inundate the palate, it should drink well for 5-7 years.

Drink Dates: 1999-2007
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 123

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

Fresh deep ruby. Spicy, sappy aromas of strawberry and cherry jam, chocolate and black pepper. Lush but firm in the mouth, with intensely spicy berry flavors sharpened by sound acids. Finishes very long, vibrant and firm.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

Very ripe and jammy, with layers of plum, black cherry, wild berry and spice. Finishes with a cedary edge and drying tannins.

Drink Dates: 1999-2004
Author: James Laube

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Average rating: 90, based on 3 reviews
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82 bottles owned by 63 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a black grape variety of Croatian descent. With no ties to France, Zinfandel has actually been linked to the Primitivo grape of Italy, but California is where the majority of Zinfandel is grown. This variety possesses extremely versatile characteristics from light and fruity, to jammy and ripe with high alcohol. Growing Zinfandel can be difficult due to its packed clusters and short stems, which make the vines prone to uneven ripening and mildew. Preferring a warm climate, Zinfandel is also grown in other western states in the United States as well as in Australia and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Zinfandel include red berry fruits, raspberry, blackberry, anise and pepper.

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