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2017 Turley Judge Bell Zinfandel

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

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

92The Wine Advocate

...earthy/savory nose of smoked meats, toasted coconut and dried red and black fruits. Medium-bodied, it gives savory fruits in the mouth with firm, slightly grippy tannins and good freshness, finishing long.

90-93Vinous / IWC

...comes across as very ripe in this vintage. Deceptive in its mid-weight feel...packs a real punch. Sweet red cherry, rose petal and mint are all vivid in the glass. Bright acidity and persistent tannins give the wine much of its distinctive personality.

REGION

United States, California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County

Sierra Foothills AVA is in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and it includes parts of eight counties. With total acreage of 2.6 million acres, and nearly 6,000 vineyard acres, it is one of the largest appellations in California. Wine grapes were planted in the foothills during the Gold Rush in the mid-19th century and the appellation was officially recognized in 1987. There are five sub-appellations within the Sierra Foothills region, and more than 100 wineries, most small and family-owned. Zinfandel is the most successful wine grape in this region, though Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are also planted.

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.