Turley Estate Zinfandel 2010
Zinfandel from California
These head trained vines are directly adjacent to the winery, and as such they receive plenty of attention. When we re-planted this vineyard, we opted for the traditional—though much more difficult to farm—head trained method. The hard work has paid off, however, for this is Zinfandel in its purest form. The naturally rich dark fruit is well balanced by acid, and the wine is as dry as can be. Brightly colored, vivacious, with garrigue-like aromatics.
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated ruby. Complex, musky aromas of spicecake, pepper and violet, with hints of crushed rock, garrigue and leather. Creamy-sweet and large-scaled, with round flavors of dark cherry and chocolate complicated by a whiff of game. Conveys a bit of roasted heft without coming off as ponderous. Finishes with very soft, almost grenache-like tannins that really saturate the palate. Very sexy zinfandel."
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California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few. Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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