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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 17 
ProducerTurley (web)
VineyardPesenti Vineyard
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationPaso Robles

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2015 (based on 21 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Turley Zinfandel Pesenti on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 151 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Ex-Ray on 5/26/2015 & rated 96 points: The best zin I've had in the last several years! I've been consistently disappointed with Turley zins recently, too tannic and austere, not the upfront fruit they once had. But this was different. Very dark, completely opaque. Wonderful pronounced red and black raspberry aromas mixed with toasty oak, a bit of prunes, quite complex. The flavors are bright, sweet, very concentrated and mouth-coating, a bit hot but beautifully balanced. Again, flavors of raspberries and plums, just a hint of raisins and prunes. Very long aftertaste, just kept going. Perfectly ready, wouldn't age this any longer for fear of losing what it now has. Pop any remaining corks!
Ric (423 views)
 Tasted by czarnik on 5/10/2015 & rated 89 points: A little vegetal taste to start. Never really opened up . (444 views)
 Tasted by ACR16719 on 4/22/2015 & rated 85 points: really just OK - acidic and very high alcohol (148 views)
 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 3/30/2015 & rated 93 points: There was a unique and special quality to this wine. Rich, fruity and vegetal all at the same time! (590 views)
 Tasted by gwkozar on 3/25/2015 & rated 92 points: 15 minutes breathing in glass. Nose of dark red fruit, lavender, slight nose of alcohol. Very smooth, rich fruit balanced with acids and nice slightly tannic finish. Hard a bit of alcoholic hotness (16%) on finish.
on 2nd day, the hotness disappeared but but some of the brightness disappeard too.
The best turley i have had in a while, but the vineyards differences are not easy for me to discern. (576 views)
 Tasted by JOJ on 2/16/2015 & rated 93 points: Reticent but lovely aromas -- raspberry, blackberry, brambles, white pepper, lavender, and wet rock waft from the glass. Silky smooth mouthfeel -- classic Turley velvet. Ever-changing fruit profile of raspberry, rhubarb, blueberry (?), and hard candy, with notes of citrus, nutmeg and baking spice. Lively acidity underlaid by decent tannins. Great structure and balance. Marvelous. (678 views)
 Tasted by CieloVista on 2/14/2015 & rated 89 points: Dark red with dark fruit aromas...it was medium to full bodied, spicy with rich dark fruit flavors. Finished with a little slatiness. (510 views)
 Tasted by EvanRose on 12/25/2014 & rated 90 points: great with turkey and all of the fixings at christmas dinner with very dear friends (669 views)
 Tasted by levinml on 12/24/2014 & rated 91 points: Maybe all Turleys are starting to taste alike to me. Like them, but tough to distinguish good from great. Always enjoy. (567 views)
 Tasted by EvanRose on 11/27/2014 & rated 90 points: good body, rich red fruit, medium finish. (656 views)
 Tasted by guitarguy on 11/19/2014 & rated 91 points: Juicy, fruity blueberry without prunes, chocolate nose and some length in the finish. I like this bottling. (708 views)
 Tasted by Kahnru12 on 11/8/2014 & rated 92 points: This is a wonderfully sophisticated zin. Lacking a fruity nose but sporting an amazing entry that shows dark berries with tastes of raspberry and blueberry. The middle builds on the entry and leads to a soft but lingering finish. (518 views)
 Tasted by vanpe003 on 11/8/2014 & rated 87 points: Pop/pour. Nice brambly aromatics on the nose. More of the same on the palate, though the character of the fruit seems to be somewhat muted against a backdrop of alcohol heat. Lacks the richness to carry off the alcohol level. Maybe some air time will serve to flush this out. Will check back in later. 87 pts on the pop.

Update: gains some depth on the palate with further air. That said, it continues to puzzle me. Still avoids a sense of balance. Still runs a bit hot with an alcohol burn that's not counterbalanced by depth of fruit. I'm a bit surprised at my low rating given the other high scores here, but I'm not feeling the love on this one.

Unlike other high "80's" scores I've posted, I do not like this more than the score would indicate. (775 views)
 Tasted by ebert on 10/18/2014 & rated 95 points: Amazing Zin with full dark fruit, great complexity on palate and long smooth finish. (656 views)
 Tasted by Kahnru12 on 10/10/2014 & rated 92 points: This is everything I love about a Turley zin when consumed with food. Jammy nose gives way to dark fruits on the mid palate with pie spice. Light pepper accompanies the experience. Finish is a dalliance with the mid palate. Drank with grilled steak and pesto on the side. (488 views)
 Tasted by Oakjeff on 8/9/2014 & rated 92 points: Sour cherries, blackberries, plum and spice.

Great body and depth with a hours of air. Pleasantly intense. Has another 2-4 years left in it. (705 views)
 Tasted by jonahfactor on 8/8/2014 & rated 91 points: This has shed much of the aggressiveness we found at its earlier stage and has settled down into a tasty, food-friendly offering. Dark plum-purple with a thick robe in the glass; bouquet of black raspberries, followed by more raspberries and some nice rosemary and lavender highlights that follow through in the finish. Always one of our favorite Turley offerings. I'd venture this isn't at its peak yet. Drink 2015-2018. (662 views)
 Tasted by cstir on 4/19/2014 & rated 91 points: Drank both the '09 and '10; both were excellent. The '09 had more spice and intensity; the '10 was softer and more reserved. Both had good fruit and flavor. The '09 finish was a bit longer. I drank the '11 several nights ago and felt its intensity matched to '09. (1114 views)
 Tasted by Barry Notes on 4/15/2014 & rated 92 points: 1 hr decant, slightly chilled. Clear, deep dark purple color, long stained legs. Fairly massive Zin with high extraction but great integration at this point in time. Proper flavor profile, big body, sharp finish. Drink now through 2016. Nothing off. (1145 views)
 Tasted by burgbob on 3/30/2014 & rated 90 points: Big soft plummy mouthful. Moderate persistence on finish but not in league with more special Turley efforts. I would also opt to drink this wine sooner rather than later. (1107 views)
 Tasted by jonahfactor on 12/7/2013 & rated 91 points: Spicey, spicey, spicey. More restrained bouquet than most Turleys, and dances on the tongue with a melange of spices -- cinnamon, thyme, nutmeg with some rosemary and lavender thrown in. Picks up oak notes in the finish and gains body and complexity with air. But don't decant. Let it reveal it's charms. (1511 views)
 Tasted by NickP on 11/17/2013 & rated 88 points: Opened this at a homemade deep-dish pizza dinner with friends. This is not one of the heavy weight Turley's. Color was a light ruby nicely transparent. Fragrant with red berry, some strawberry and some tobacco-like notes - but not overwhelming. There was some heat on the palate but it dissipated over time. I found the balance of this wine to be right on and IMO this wine is in the sweet spot for drinking. A good complement to the rich pizza. (1122 views)
 Tasted by Reblin on 11/17/2013 & rated 91 points: Plenty of dark fruit. Smooth. Not much Zinfandel spice, but a nice finish. (1514 views)
 Tasted by Rktekt3 on 11/16/2013 & rated 92 points: I have always liked the Pasenti vineyard Turley zins. (1132 views)
 Tasted by patwjr on 10/31/2013 & rated 91 points: Another nice Turley. Big fruit & tannins, decant now or still has time. (1116 views)
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Producer website

2009 Turley Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard

Winemaker: Ehren Jordan

Winemaker's Notes: These flavors and aromas can only come from the Pesenti Vineyard: flowers, pepper, mouthwatering raspberry, and mineral notes are all present. In the mouth, we find red fruit character and spice with a firm tannin backbone. This wine provides a great contrast to the vineyards in the North Coast - its structure is defined by acidity not tannin.


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