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2017 Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel

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November 28, 2021 - $56

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RATINGS

95+ The Wine Advocate

...aromas of perfumed earth and crème de cassis with dense black fruit preserves at the core, plus charcuterie, meat and herbs hints. Full-bodied and huge in the mouth, with very dense, lush, ripe and perfumed black fruits, it has firm framing tannins and wonderful juicy acidity, finishing very long and layered.

94+ Vinous / IWC

...is fabulous. A rich, powerful and structured wine...There is a real sense of verticality and savoriness that runs through the Rattlesnake. Incense, lavender, inky dark fruit, spice and leather all burst out of the glass... And it has plenty - this is a wine of tremendous character and personality.

91Wine Spectator

Tightly structured and precise, with black cherry, garrigue and crushed rock accents that build toward broad-shouldered tannins.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain

Howell Mountain AVA in Northeastern Napa Valley was the first of Napa Valley’s sub-appellations, earning its own designation in 1984, just a year after Napa Valley became an appellation. As the name suggests, the AVA is in one of the highest elevations in the area. Every vineyard in the appellation is at least 1,400 feet above sea level. Some vineyards are as high as 2,200 feet and because of their altitude most of the AVA’s vineyards receive more sun than vineyards at lower elevations, which are affected by fog from the Pacific Ocean and the San Pablo Bay. Howell Mountain was home to vineyards in the late 19th century, but winemaker Randy Dunn is considered the area’s most influential modern pioneer. Dunn moved to Howell Mountain in 1979, acquired property and began making exceptionally rich Cabernet Sauvignon. The AVA also grows Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. There are 600 vineyard acres within Howell Mountain AVA.

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.