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2017 Turley Kirschenmann Vineyard Zinfandel

ITEM 8318224 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Bidder Amount Total
$35
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RATINGS

92The Wine Advocate

...opens with warm peach preserves, cinnamon stick and dried leaves hints with dried red and black cherries and notes of dried flowers. Medium-bodied, it gives pretty layers of dried fruits, flowers and spices in the mouth, with juicy acidity tethered by firm, fine-grained tannins, finishing very long and spicy.

91Wine Spectator

Cherry and pomegranate aromas combine with svelte, muscular flavors of dusty anise and white pepper that finish with refined tannins.

91Vinous / IWC

...translucent and super-expressive, with a bit more raciness and voluptuousness... Sweet red cherry, kirsch, rose petal, mint, blood orange and spice add a very pretty aromatic top register. This is such a pretty and nuanced wine.

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.