Turley Tofanelli Zinfandel 2001
Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The single vineyard Zinfandel Tofanelli Vineyard (400 cases; 15.5% alcohol) offers aromas of sweet black cherries macerated in brandy that jump from the glass of this candied, ripe, medium to full-bodied, luscious effort. It comes across as Burgundian-like in its flesh and red fruit character. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
"A rich, plush, full-bodied style that packs in lots of complex flavors, built around ripe plum, blackberry, raspberry and peppery spice. Nicely oaked, too, though certainly not overdone, finishing with a long, ripe, supple finish that keeps revealing subtle flavor nuances. Drink now through 2010. 300 cases made. "
"The terrific 2001 Zinfandel Tofanelli Vineyard (15.3% alcohol) reveals a superb nose of caramel, black fruits, spice, and licorice. With seamlessly integrated tannin and acidity, this full-bodied, concentrated 2001 has no hard edges, and cuts a generous, expansive feel on the palate without any heaviness or hotness."
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Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America
(Croatia has been named its origin),
it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California.
During Prohibition, many
Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...
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