Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2010
Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
Cedarman is a proprietary blend of fruit from both Rattlesnake Ridge and Dragon Vineyards. Though primarily Zinfandel, we use a small amount of Petite Syrah from the Rattlesnake vineyard as well. The result is a truly powerful, dense, and wild wine long on flavor.
Wine Spectator - "Impressive for a 2010, offering powerful fruit, focus and pinpoint acidity. Aromas of boysenberry and spicy cinnamon lead to concentrated blackberry, mineral and smoky anise flavors. Tannins firm up on the finish."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The personality of Howell Mountain in this vintage comes through in the 2010 Zinfandel Cedarman. Although it boasts considerable structure and sheer power, I don't think the 2010 has enough fruit or personality to stand up to the wine's pure heft. "
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The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
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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