2008 Turley - Zinfandel Moore Earthquake Vineyard 750ml

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WA 94-97   IWC 89?   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-97

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.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 186

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89?

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 150

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 97
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 07/29/2012
RP Rate 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.

Rating: 95
Author: TCL
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/25/2010

Rating: 92
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/18/2014
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential Nose was hot and floral. Rustic. Palate with fig and black pepper. Still with dense tannins. Balance tipped toward being a bit hot.

Rating: 88
Author: rdalehite
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 11/20/2014

Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews
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43 bottles owned by 34 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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