2014 Turley "Dogtown" Lodi Zinfandel

SKU #1271551 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A Zinfandel that I have always loved from Turley is their Zinfandel from the Dogtown Vineyard. The 2014 Zinfandel Dogtown Vineyard, from the up-and-coming Lodi AVA, tips the scales at 15.4 % alcohol. It is a sexy, lush, full-bodied Zinfandel, oozing with fruit and character. The wine has underlying loamy soil notes and spice box, as well as copious quantities of raspberry, black cherry and briary, mountain red fruits. It is spicy and full-bodied, with an opulent, plush and layered texture. This is irresistible. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. This vineyard was planted in volcanic and clay soils in 1944. 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. (RP)  (4/2016)

90-93 points Vinous

 A wine of multiple dimensions, the 2014 Zinfandel Dogtown Vineyard is wonderfully complex and nuanced, with considerable detail. The most complete and subtle of Turley's Lodi Zinfandels, the Dogtown has it all, but I would prefer to drink the 2014 on the young side, while the fruit retains its pliancy. Sweet floral and spiced notes add the last shades of nuance on the hugely inviting finish. In 2014 yields were just a half ton per acre. (AG)  (10/2015)

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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.