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2019 Turley Cedarman Zinfandel

Elevated cork

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

95The Wine Advocate

...dense aromas of blackberries, licorice, dried violets and earth, gaining more nuance with time in the glass...palate is full-bodied and deeply fruited, with a firm and fresh frame and long, layered finish...gorgeous...

94Wine Spectator

A gutsy Zinfandel, this is framed by broad-shouldered tannins and layered with concentrated blackberry, licorice and briar patch accents, which build toward refined tannins.

93Vinous / IWC

...wonderfully expressive... Black fruit, cloves, leather and licorice are all wonderfully knit together.

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.