Turley Dogtown Zinfandel 2001
Zinfandel from California
The 2001 Zinfandel Dogtown is from a 65-year-old vineyard situated on the border of Amador. It is yet another in a string of superbly crafted California Zins and may be the best wine period from the Lodi appellation.
The Wine Advocate - "As for the 2001 Zinfandel Dogtown Vineyard, no one seems to "let the dogs out" better than Turley. This dense plum/ruby-colored Zinfandel possesses jammy aromas of black cherries and plums, followed by full-bodied, fleshy flavors with loads of fruit, glycerin, and pleasing tactile sensations."
International Wine Cellar - "Good bright ruby. Nose currently dominated by exotic notes of grapefruit and orange peel. Sweet, dense and highly concentrated, with spicy, peppery fruit flavors lifted by rather citrusy acids. A powerful, tannic, very long wine with excellent grip. Clearly from low yields and features a high ratio of skins to juice. This would be perfect with a garlicky slab of steak."
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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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Light & Crisp
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