Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2016

$65

94 Points Parker                             Very limited Turley Zinfandel. previous vintage 95 Points Robert Parker: "Turley has always excelled with high-elevation sites on Howell Mountain. From a site at 2,600 feet, the Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge (15.6% alcohol) is a beauty, with floral notes intermixed with cool, bluish fruits, raspberry, forest floor and spice all present in this dense, ruby/purple wine that cuts a broad swath across the palate. Like all of these wines, despite the high-octane alcohol, there is not a sense of heaviness or burn. This is beautiful, pure, rich, multidimensional Zinfandel to drink over the next 7-8 years. It is a beauty." All told there are seven Zinfandels from Napa Valley, ranging from Atlas Peak in the south, to Howell Mountain in mid-valley, to the estate vineyard just north of St. Helena. As one might expect, all of these are remarkable Zinfandels.

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Ratings on Delectable

Jason and Jennie

This zin is so different from the other offerings. Mountain fruit, cab like it it's complexity and density. Dusi 2016 was great, all the components were there. Sadie upton 2016 had some tightness and even cinnamon. The 2015 was a big red fruited wine with tannin and acidity. Big mid palate. The whitney tennessee was tad more elegant and less zin jam. Dogtown 15 was the jammiest of the wines I had today. Still good but more in your face. Rinaldi was rustic and solid. 2015 old vines is the value of the day. Tasting very nice right now, maybe the best of them all with it's viscosity and sweet fruit.

This zin is so different from the other offerings. Mountain fruit, cab like it it's complexity and density. Dusi 2016 was great, all the components were there. Sadie upton 2016 had some tightness and even cinnamon. The 2015 was a big red fruited wine with tannin and acidity. Big mid palate. The whitney tennessee was tad more elegant and less zin jam. Dogtown 15 was the jammiest of the wines I had today. Still good but more in your face. Rinaldi was rustic and solid. 2015 old vines is the value of the day. Tasting very nice right now, maybe the best of them all with it's viscosity and sweet fruit.

9.5

Aaron Rankin

Very savory showing. Aromatic herbs. Meat pie. Blood. Some of the tannin you’d expect from Howell. None of the fire you get with Dragon.

Very savory showing. Aromatic herbs. Meat pie. Blood. Some of the tannin you’d expect from Howell. None of the fire you get with Dragon.

9.2

Jason and Jennie

Favorite of their howell mountain zins.

Favorite of their howell mountain zins.

9.4

Jeff Orlowski

Dark purple, tobacco on nose, full bodied, soft. Plums, blackberries, and pepper on palate. Another terrific Turley Zin!

Dark purple, tobacco on nose, full bodied, soft. Plums, blackberries, and pepper on palate. Another terrific Turley Zin!

9.3

Keith Whitener WSET Diploma, CSW

Purplish ruby color. Closed black fruit nose(popped and poured). Lush black berry fruit flavors, med plus acid med plus tannins lingering finish. Sharing over brats and stewed cabbage with apple. Definitely a weekend drinker to savor.

Purplish ruby color. Closed black fruit nose(popped and poured). Lush black berry fruit flavors, med plus acid med plus tannins lingering finish. Sharing over brats and stewed cabbage with apple. Definitely a weekend drinker to savor.

9.2

Steve Gerths

Very jammy and pure cherry/raspberry flavor. A tongue zinger. The 2016 Zinfandel vintage is best ever!

Very jammy and pure cherry/raspberry flavor. A tongue zinger. The 2016 Zinfandel vintage is best ever!

9.2

Jeff Orlowski

Tobacco on nose. Full body. Pepper, dark fruit, anise on palate. Terrific wine.

Tobacco on nose. Full body. Pepper, dark fruit, anise on palate. Terrific wine.

9.1

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