Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2008
Zinfandel from California
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Zinfandel Juvenile, produced from a collection of lots from their youngest vines, is a delicious, forward Zinfandel with good black cherry and berry fruit, spice box, pepper, and roasted herb characteristics."
International Wine Cellar - "Good bright medium red. Raspberry and spice aromas are lifted by orange zest, with a note of bitter chocolate coming up quickly; almost pinot-like. Then juicy, sweet and easygoing, with good definition to its dark fruit, spice and pepper flavors. Finishes with hints of licorice and herbs. A very good basic zinfandel bottling, and a solid value."
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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 unto 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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