2011 Turley "Dusi" Paso Robles Zinfandel

SKU #1150975 95 points Wine Spectator

 Rich and powerful, but focused like a laser, with wild berry and toasty briar aromas that lead to ripe but complex flavors of black cherry, licorice and spicy orange peel. The tannins are big but fleshy. Drink now through 2022. *Highly Recommended and #12 on Top 100 Wines of 2013* (TF)  (6/2012)

93 points Vinous

 The 2011 Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard is a little more lifted and aromatically expressive than the Pesenti. Dark raspberries, flowers, mint, licorice and sweet spices meld together in a pretty, polished Zinfandel. Hints of orange peel and white spices add an element of exoticism on the finish. (AG)  (11/2013)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another pretty wine, the 2011 Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard is a touch more aromatically expressive, nuanced and layered than the Pesenti. Sweet floral notes, herbs and red fruits are all woven together nicely in this attractive, mid-weight Zinfandel. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019. This is a thrilling set of wines from Larry Turley, Ehren Jordan and Tegan Passalacqua. Tasting this wide a range of 2010 and 2011 Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs is like taking a master class in California terroir. The house style favors an expression of Zinfandel and Petite Syrah built on aromatic intensity and elegance, which Jordan credits to gentle extractions. At times, the wines come across as quite Burgundian in the way they express richness but not excess heaviness. Over the last few years, the wines have become a little more laid-back and less overtly ripe, which is a net positive given that the starting point for all of these wines is fruit of exceptional quality. (AG)  (12/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep red. High-pitched aromas of crushed cherry, cranberry, raspberry and orange zest; smells high in acidity! Then vibrant and penetrating on the palate, offering a captivating balance between salinity and primary red fruit flavors. A bit youthfully aggressive today owing to its high alcohol, but the wine's rocky limestone lift gives the finish surprising precision. (ST) 92+  (6/2013)

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.