Turley Pesenti Vineyard Zinfandel 2018

$55

96 points                              Very limited new Turley Zin release. 93 Points Robert Parker:  "The Pesenti vineyard was planted in the 1920s on limestone soils. Deep ruby in color, the 2017 Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard gives savory notes of charcuterie over dried brambly fruits and crushed black cherries with hints of dried soil. Medium to full-bodied, it offers savory-laced fruits in the mouth with soft, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long with pretty dried flowers notes. 2,400 cases produced. ...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

Andrew Neyer

Mushrooms and olives. Fantastic.

Mushrooms and olives. Fantastic.

9.3

Guillermo Gonzalez

From Wine Merchant Turley class on 6/26/20. Baking spices on nose. Mixed berries. Enjoyed it more with dinner than during tasting. Had with Vietnamese banh xeo and grilled pork over rice noodles.

From Wine Merchant Turley class on 6/26/20. Baking spices on nose. Mixed berries. Enjoyed it more with dinner than during tasting. Had with Vietnamese banh xeo and grilled pork over rice noodles.

8.9

WC Fields

Better half drank it so I don’t get to rate it.

Better half drank it so I don’t get to rate it.

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