Turley Wine Cellars St Helena
Larry Turley produces perhaps the modern benchmark for Zinfandel – massive, dark, brooding examples of the variety. The wines are increasingly made from a wide range of sources and generally bottled as single-vineyard cuvées. What is remarkable about these wines is that despite having alcohol levels more akin to fortified wines – 16% and upwards is not uncommon – there is still a remarkable balance and purity as well as extraordinarily concentrated, ripe, berry fruit. Styles vary from younger full-throttle Napa Valley bottlings, old vineyard examples from Contra Costa County to minerally Paso Robles with its limestone soils. Very good Petite Sirah is also produced from estate as well as other vineyards. These are very powerful and long-lived wines whereas the Zins can be approachable with just 2 or 3 years and at their optimum are the finest wines here. Both the firmly structured mountain grown, fiercely tannic and blackberry laden Rattlesnake Ridge and the suppler, lusher and more opulent Hayne Vineyard are benchmark examples of the variety. All of the wines are produced in small lots, often fewer than 200 cases, with the majority sold by mailing list, some exclusively or at the winery’s Paso Robles tasting room. Bottling is without fining or filtration and some of the wines can offer remarkable value. (DM)
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