2012 Turley "Kirschenmann Vineyard" Lodi Zinfandel

SKU #1157725 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Highly complex aromas of red berries, cherry, lavender and spices. Broad and creamy but nicely delineated, with vibrant fruit flavors accented by pepper and flowers. Finishes long and classy (especially for Lodi!), with refined tannins. Really well-judged extraction here. An outstanding addition to the Turley line-up. (ST)  (6/2014)

92 points Vinous

 The 2012 Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard is one of the most lifted and aromatically expressive wines in the range. Rose petal, sweet red berries, mint and cinnamon lift from the glass in a Zinfandel with distinct Pinot-inflected leanings. Sandy soils in Kirschenmann yield a Zinfandel built on silkiness, perfume and mid-weight structure. (AG)  (12/2014)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another Zinfandel made in the image of a very good Pinot Noir is the 2012 Zinfandel Kirschenmann. It exhibits a medium ruby color along with plenty of sweet raspberry and black cherry fruit, medium to full body, and an attractive, fleshy, velvety mouthfeel. (RP)  (12/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Sleek and jammy, with a lively center of crisp, fresh cherry fruit and ripe tannins. Offers notes of fresh sage and rosemary, plus smoky pepper and mineral details.  (6/2014)

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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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Central Valley/Lodi

- With a reputation for bulk wine and table grapes, little to no quality wine has emerged from the expansive Central Valley since companies like Franzia and Gallo staked their claim here. The exception are new wine ventures in sub-AVAs Lodi and Clarksburg, home to jammy zinfandels and surprisingly distinguished chenin blancs respectively.