2014 Turley "Juvenile" California Zinfandel

SKU #1244020 92 points Wine Spectator

 Plump and racy, but well-focused, with smoky cracked pepper and black cherry aromas leading to lush, layered flavors of raspberry, licorice and orange zest. A pleasure to drink. Drink now through 2025. (TF)  (6/2016)

91 points Decanter

 A blend of young vines planted in historic Zinfandel sites throughout California, this is unapologetic and honest: lush strawberry and pepper, plush with waxy tannins. Oak is in the background. This is big alcohol country, but the glove fits. (MS)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Turley’s 2014 Zinfandel Juvenile Vineyard is an assemblage of bits and pieces from different parcels, but overall from the younger vine portion of the multiple terroirs they exploit. The wine is a big, juicy, classic Zinfandel with a dark ruby/purple color, hefty power (15.5% alcohol), without a trace of heat or burn. It has loads of briary blue and red fruits, medium to full body, vibrant acidity, impressive purity and texture. This is a strong effort and one of the largest cuvées Turley produces. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. (RP)  (4/2016)

90 points Vinous

 The 2014 Zinfandel Juvenile is gracious, intensely perfumed and light on its feet, with striking purity and terrific overall balance. Rose petal, sweet red cherry, plum, mint and cinnamon add lift in a finessed, refreshing Zinfandel that is best enjoyed young, while the flavors retain their brightness. This is a terrific introduction to the vintage at Turley. (AG)  (10/2015)


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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- 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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.