Turley Judge Bell Amador County Zinfandel 2013

$67

Very limited. 94 Points Robert Parker: "The 2013 Zinfandel Judge Bell comes from a block of vines planted in 1907 known as Picnic Hill Block in the Story Vineyard. These are classic head-pruned, dry-farmed, ungrafted vines planted eight years before the beginning of World War I. One of the best Amador Zinfandels I’ve ever tasted, this wine displays plenty of briary raspberry, black and red cherry as well as boysenberry fruit, good underlying structure, some earth, pepper, meat and spice. It is full-bodied, rich, heady, and somehow manages to brilliantly conceal a whopping 16.2% natural alcohol. Of course, a wine like this would be excoriated by the “in pursuit of balance” crowd, but this is what balance is all about – what looks to be a mind-numbing amount of alcohol is incredibly well-concealed. This wine should drink well for 8-10 years."

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Ratings on Delectable

Shawn R Delectable Pro

It's nearly cult-ish, it's that good!

It's nearly cult-ish, it's that good!

9.2

Nick Finarelli Delectable Pro

Hell yes!

Hell yes!

9.5

Travis Green Delectable Pro

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

9.4

Donald Williams

16.2% ABV, and not a hint of heat. That’s a balanced wine. Excellent pairing with takeout chicken cacciatore, helping the local restaurants while we’re staying home. Nice to have lots of good wine on hand.

16.2% ABV, and not a hint of heat. That’s a balanced wine. Excellent pairing with takeout chicken cacciatore, helping the local restaurants while we’re staying home. Nice to have lots of good wine on hand.

9.1

Bryan Kesting

This wine is a bruiser. Brambly dark berries and spice make up this wine built to last. No rush to drink but if you do give it a big decant. Opened up more on the second day but not completely.

This wine is a bruiser. Brambly dark berries and spice make up this wine built to last. No rush to drink but if you do give it a big decant. Opened up more on the second day but not completely.

9.2

Chris Gillespie

16.2 Abv...this vintage must be decanted, even that, nice earth tones with that nice jam you come to love and respect with turley

16.2 Abv...this vintage must be decanted, even that, nice earth tones with that nice jam you come to love and respect with turley

8.8

Tom McDermott

Loved it

Loved it

9.5

Dennis Hogenkamp

2013

2013

9.2

David Rubinoff

This might be my favorite Turley of the past year. Everything worked for me on this one! Going to visit my allocation page!

This might be my favorite Turley of the past year. Everything worked for me on this one! Going to visit my allocation page!

9.5

david bayless

give 'em enough rope...

give 'em enough rope...

9.2

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.