Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Turley Old Vine Zinfandel 2006 wine review by (PB)

The magic of wine is the mystery it hides, the camaraderie it engenders and the conviviality it heightens. So when my sister-in-law and her husband flew in from Chicago to surprise my wife and I on our 35th, his willingness to share one of his three allocated bottles of this wine was "special!"

Turley wines are hard to come by with a cult following that means you experience Ms. Turley's wines by someone else's good graces.

We opened it and embraced its black cherry/and purple hue with ripe black berries in the nose and more black cherry notes.

On the palate the tannins are silky with ripe fruit that has a touch of elegance and pepper. After breathing, it is tasty, and delicious but surprisingly, slightly "weak" as compared with say the style of Rosenblum's many single vineyard creations. Not a fair comparison perhaps but for the price ($40) you're paying for the supply and demand factor rather than the fruit. The wine would be more fairly priced in the mid $20's. But raise a glass and "Thanks Greg!"


zinmaster said...

First, Helen Turley has nothing to do with the present day operation. Second I find Turley overated and thier presence snobish.

embordeaux said...

The 2006 Old Vine Turley Red Zinfandel is the only extraordinary wine I have ever experienced. After the first sip I was compelled to simply pause and think about and wonder over whatever it must be that distinguishes excellent wines from the wines that I normally consume and, frankly, enjoy.