Turley Fredericks Vineyard Zinfandel 2010
Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
Concentrated and perfumed with lovely notes of plum, flowers, spice and Sonoma-style Zin-berries. Planted and terraced in 1937, the wine tastes of blueberry cobbler, kirsch and spice. Bold and intense, the deep fruit melds well with the fine tannins, leading into a long and multifaceted finish.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2010 Zinfandel Fredericks Vineyard, from Monte Rosso, explodes from the glass with a heady array of rich, sensual aromas and flavors. Smoke, tar, grilled herbs, licorice and blue/black fruits all come to life in this vivid, arresting Zinfandel. Firm mountain tannins provide the backdrop in a powerful, authoritative wine bursting with class and sheer pedigree. This is a fabulous showing from Larry Turley and his team. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025."
International Wine Cellar - "Good saturated ruby. Lively aromas of blackberry, minerals and licorice lifted by a floral nuance. Tactile, uncompromisingly dry and penetrating, conveying a strong impression of dry extract. The intense black fruit and pepper flavors outlast the wine's firm tannins. Extremely young, intriguing zinfandel in need of bottle aging."
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
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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