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1997 Turley Zinfandel Grist Vineyard (750ml)
Producer: Turley Wine Cellars turleywinecellars.com
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Zinfandel
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$83.18
Tasting Notes:
tasted: October 26, 2006 , John King
"removed via inventory"
rated: June 1, 1999 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
95 points "The 1997 Zinfandel Grist Vineyard (16.3% alcohol) is a perfumed, aromatic wine with a glorious display of cherry fruit. Think of a terrific red Burgundy with an element of sur-maturite and an unprecedented alcohol level, and readers may get a sense of what this blockbuster tastes like. The wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, fabulous purity, copious amounts of glycerin, and layers of kirsch/cherry fruit. This head-turning, knock-out Zinfandel will be especially admired by both lovers of Burgundy and those who admire the famed Chateauneuf du Pape, Rayas. It should drink well for 7-8 years. As I have stated many times in the past, Turley Cellars' offerings have become the reference point for Zinfandel, as they are the most complex, concentrated, hedonistic wines ever produced from this varietal. Critics claim the alcohol levels are too high, but proprietor Larry Turley and his winemaker, Ehren Jordan, would argue that the alcohol levels are high only because they harvested fully ripe fruit. Turley and Jordan have also taken the art of wine making to a higher playing field. At the same time, they have resurrected a bevy of old head-pruned Zinfandel vineyards that had largely been ignored, or had their crops sold off to be unceremoniously blended into white Zinfandel. Turley Cellars' goal is to produce 10,000 cases of unfiltered, hand-crafted Zinfandel. As for the 1997 Zinfandels, Larry Turley feels they "are the best wines we have yet made." The wines are amazingly good, and as the following tasting notes suggest, readers could buy blind here and always end up with a juicy, complex, mouth filling Zinfandel." Best 1999-2008
rated: June 15, 1999 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
91 points "Smooth, ripe and jammy, with layers of plum, cherry, wild berry and blackberry. Finishes with firm, drying tannins. Drink now through 2004. 250 cases made. (JL)" Best 1999-2004