2005 Turley - Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard 750ml

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IWC 94-96   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94-96

(16% alcohol, compared to 15% to 15.7% for most of the other 2005 zins from this winery; from vines planted in 1885) Bright ruby-red. Compellingly sappy aromas of cherry, blackberry and blueberry, with a near-porty ripeness. Then flamboyantly sweet and ripe, but with superb acidity giving a penetrating quality to the wine's superb fruit. The limestone soil here gives energy-and a low 3.35 pH-to this wonderfully sweet wine. Finishes with outstanding persistence. In just a few short years, this vineyard has emerged as one of California's great zinfandel sources.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 90
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/09/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2016
Medium-bodied with ripe red and dark berry fruit. Pleasant white pepper notes and spice flavors add complexity. On the lighter side but nicely balanced. Decent finish.

Average rating: 92, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

756 bottles owned by 427 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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