Tasting Notes: Blackberry, Plum, Vanilla, Spice
Turley Wine Cellars was founded in 1993 by Larry Turley. By focusing on old vine vineyards in particular, Turley aims to both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture. All of Turley’s vineyards are either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or somewhere in the process.
His 2017 Old Vines is composed of 18 old sites from California that are either too small to be made into a vineyard designate wine or are “new” to the Turley family (and way of farming). Vines are anywhere from 41 to 129 years old, and a true representation of California old vine Zinfandel. Smooth, big bodied, extremely well balanced and definitely not for the shy. Old Vines features exotic spice accents over a core of black and blue fruits along with plum, cedar, tobacco, licorice, and dried flowers. Finishes long and very spicy. Calls out for grilled red meat.