Turley Bechtoldt Vineyard Cinsault 2018

$24.99

96 Points - Limited                                                Rare Cinsault release from Turley Cellars- Very limited! previous vintage 90 Points Robert Parker: "Bursting from the glass with expressive aromas of orange rind, Griotte cherry, wild strawberry, dried herbs and flower petals, the Cinsault Bechthold Vineyard is medium-bodied, juicy and mouthwatering, with melting tannins, a sweet core of fruit and a fragrant finish. An outlier in the Turley portfolio in that it's fermented with whole clusters and sees a mere six months in old oak, it's a deliciously drinkable red for a remarkably modest tariff." Winemaker's Notes: "Planted in 1886, this Cinsault vineyard is the oldest of its kind in the country - perhaps even beyond. The vines are gnarly, head-trained and planted on their own roots. The wine is light-bodied, tart, perfumed, and extremely well balanced." ...One of California's great wineries, Larry Turley's Turley Wine Cellars continues to play a critical role in safeguarding the Golden State's viticultural heritage, saving old, head-trained and sometimes own-rooted vineyards from destruction. With fully 29 different bottlings, Zinfandel (often complemented by small amounts of other co-planted varieties, such as Carignan and Grenache) is the standard-bearer here, though Turley also does a fantastic job with other varieties, most obviously Petite Syrah. Given how distinctive each of the single-vineyard bottlings is, it's tempting to suggest (though some will no doubt think it heretical) that Zinfandel might be the variety best adapted to expressing "terroir" in California."

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Ratings on Delectable

David Metcalf Delectable Pro

This is always an anticipated release, and I always feel bummed when the last bottle is drained. Super fresh, light and elegant.

This is always an anticipated release, and I always feel bummed when the last bottle is drained. Super fresh, light and elegant.

Cesar R.

Impeccable

Impeccable

9.2

Brendan Baker

Bright, floral, great QPR

Bright, floral, great QPR

9.2

Peter Hladun

Haven’t had many Cinsaults but this one was killer

Haven’t had many Cinsaults but this one was killer

9.3

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