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.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- <img border="0" align = "center" src="/images/Category/Varietal_Red_Wine.jpg" width="750" height="300">Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.