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2012 Turley Kirschenmann Vineyard Zinfandel

ITEM 8066287 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
2 $40
Item Sold Amount Date
I8099741 1 $30 Jan 30, 2022
I8097414 1 $30 Jan 23, 2022
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RATINGS

93Stephen Tanzer

Highly complex aromas of red berries, cherry, lavender and spices. Broad and creamy but nicely delineated, with vibrant fruit flavors accented by pepper and flowers.

92Vinous / IWC

Rose petal, sweet red berries, mint and cinnamon lift from the glass...

90Wine Spectator

Sleek and jammy, with a lively center of crisp, fresh cherry fruit and ripe tannins. Offers notes of fresh sage and rosemary, plus smoky pepper and mineral details.

89-91Robert M. Parker Jr.

...plenty of sweet raspberry and black cherry fruit, medium to full body, and an attractive, fleshy, velvety mouthfeel.

PRODUCER

Turley

Turley Wine Cellars has wineries in St. Helena, in the Napa Valley, and in Templeton, in the Paso Robles area of California’s Central Coast. Founded in 1993 by Larry Turley, Turley Wine Cellars is known for robust and well-rated Zinfandels. Turley is the brother of Helen Turley, one of California’s most legendary winemakers, and she consulted for him until the mid-1990s. Now the winemaker is Tegan Passalacqua, who worked under legendary Ehren Jordan before Jordan left for other pursuits. Turley has a talent for finding young winemakers on the verge of fame. He also gave Thomas Rivers Brown his first job. Larry Turley co-founded Frog’s Leap Winery in 1981 but sold his interest in Frog’s Leap to start his own estate. Robert M. Parker Jr. has called Larry Turley “the world’s premier Zinfandel specialist…he built Turley Wine Cellars into a showcase for the fruit, power and intensity of Zinfandel.” There are generally waits of several years to get on the mailing list to acquire Turley Zinfandels.

TYPE

Red Wine, Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a black-skinned grape, but 85% of the wine produced is made into a rosy “White Zinfandel.” Red Zin is far more complex and bold, while still being light-bodied. It grows in popularity as winemakers continue to experiment with new styles and blends.