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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 105 
TypeRed
ProducerTurley (web)
VarietyZinfandel
DesignationJuvenile
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionn/a
AppellationCalifornia

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2017 (based on 17 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Turley Zinfandel Juvenile on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 238 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by corkscrews on 12/6/2015 & rated 90 points: A nose of black cherry and spice, dark garnet in color. A medium to full bodied red, with black cherry, raspberry, licorice and spices on finish, a solid Zin, drink now. This is the entry level Zin for Turley, if you can find their single vineyard wines then buy them. www.winelx.com (684 views)
 Tasted by marka on 11/28/2015 & rated 89 points: Had with leftover turkey. Was very good. However, it is too evolved for a four year old wine. Nonetheless tasty. (654 views)
 Tasted by ZachF88 on 11/27/2015 & rated 90 points: Great QPR and drinking well right now. (666 views)
 Tasted by tomlee on 10/1/2015 & rated 90 points: Crimson in color. 15.5% ABV. Red fruits, prunes and brown sugar on the nose. Medium body with ample acidity. Exceptional balance. Tart strawberries, raspberries and black pepper on the palate. Somewhat leaner than I would expect from a wine in Turley lineup. Perhaps a reflection of the vintage. Delicious wine nonetheless and an absolute steal at $20 from the winery. (1145 views)
 Tasted by guitarguy on 10/1/2015 & rated 86 points: Simple, straight forward and probably overpriced. Earthy nose, spicy zinberry flavors leading to a short finish. Not bad, just not great for $25 including shipping. I think I will decline the old vine and Juvenile bottlings from allocation going forward. They are best for gifts anyway. (1210 views)
 Tasted by SpoochMan on 9/13/2015 & rated 91 points: Brought to K&E's for football. This was really liked by several people and disappeared quickly. Lots of fruit and richness, but well balanced. And not hot even at room temp. Very nice -- too bad my last. (948 views)
 Tasted by SpoochMan on 8/16/2015 & rated 91 points: Brought to Kevin's for 50th anniv party. This was a nice Zin. Lots of fruit but balanced with some touches of earth and spice. Despite the high alcohol, this came off as reasonably balanced, even at room temperature. Very solid and drinking pretty well. (1110 views)
 Tasted by whudock on 6/27/2015 & rated 90 points: still fruit forward as are most Juveniles but the cellar time has yielded another layer of flavor, earthy which complements the wine's spice quite well. Better for quaffing than with food, but a strong complement to cured meats. (1228 views)
 Tasted by raiderwes on 5/13/2015: Drink now! (1294 views)
 Tasted by Ceo on 5/3/2015 & rated 92 points: Still good!!! (1275 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 4/9/2015 & rated 89 points: Not as much as i expected on the nose but great spicy black fruit on the palate. Not any heat, but typical Turley crazy fruit and spice. (1628 views)
 Tasted by marka on 3/29/2015 & rated 90 points: Don't remember much about this wine other than it went well with pizza. Not over the top alc, good fruit, pepper. (1321 views)
 Tasted by Zorg on 1/31/2015 & rated 86 points: Non-blind. Decanted and followed over 6 h.

Blueberries and sweet red and black fruit, but not too sweet or over extracted. Could have been really good if it wasn't for the alcohol. Like so many other modern wines there is a peppery alcoholic heat that almost kills the wine. (1500 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 1/30/2015 & rated 90 points: This deep-to-opaque ruby wine is packed with black fruit, anise, minerals and spice. With fresh acidity to balance its ripe fruit and 15.5% alcohol, it is a somewhat atypical Juvenile but delicious nonetheless. The flavors remain well-proportioned and build on the middle palate. Closing long and crisp, this is a real "food wine" which should pair nicely with hearty fare. Drink now-2017. (1338 views)
 Tasted by c17matt on 1/12/2015 & rated 92 points: I really enjoyed this wine. (1366 views)
 Tasted by c17matt on 1/12/2015 & rated 93 points: I really enjoyed this wine. (1532 views)
 Tasted by jonahfactor on 12/27/2014 flawed bottle: Might have been slightly corked. Wet dirt aromas, some cardboard. Hints of fruit peeked through. But not at all like previous bottles. That said, it was still drinkable -- and drink it we did. (1219 views)
 Tasted by gzim on 12/13/2014 flawed bottle: corked (1221 views)
 Tasted by jmw17 on 11/9/2014: Ninth bottle out of the case I bought on release two years back and realizing two things: this is just now really hitting its stride, this is very good on days 2 and 3 after opening, and young zin vines can produce a fully realized zin with all the classic zin berry and cedar spice box layers when done right. (ok that's 3) Looking forward to the rest of these and glad I went in big on the 11 CA SVD OVZ across the board. (1521 views)
 Tasted by JHalvorson on 11/5/2014 & rated 90 points: The wine needed about an hour to open up completely. Great color and great balance. A nice hint of anise throughout. In the third glass I detected the aroma of a new American made inner tube fresh out of the box. This may sound crazy but it is a very pleasent smell that many may associate with tar or some other petroleum smell. (1359 views)
 Tasted by jonahfactor on 10/31/2014 & rated 91 points: Halloween Dinner at Il Fornaio. A crimson robe and dripping with legs. A spice box bouquet with pretty cedar notes. Pumps out the flavors -- layer upon layer of kirsch, plum compote, cedar, melted tar, Asian spices and that irresistible Turley apricot. Takes on a Rhone quality with some gamey streaks over time. Maybe it's the location (Carmel!) and the company (L!), but this was firing on all cylinders tonight. My "91" might be conservative. (1405 views)
 Tasted by marka on 10/30/2014 & rated 89 points: Very approachable. Blueberry, pepper, some bright red fruit. Went well with pulled pork. (1368 views)
 Tasted by mattlennert on 10/16/2014 & rated 92 points: Letting this breathe for a couple of days completely changed this into a beautiful and subtle old world style wine. Turley continues to impress with their quality at very reasonable prices. Even with this entry level wine. (1480 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 9/20/2014 & rated 90 points: Anise, black fruit, minerals and pickling spice are fairly good descriptors for both the nose and palate of this opaque crimson/ruby Zinfandel. I must plead igonrance as to how this moderately tannic wine was manipulated in its vinification, but it somehow (amazingly) balances fresh acidity with 15.5% alcohol! The latter is nicely integrated and the middle palate is solid. Long and almost tart on the finish, this is a Turley offering which is atypical but absolutely delicious. The wine's acidity screams for food. Enjoy it with hearty dishes, including spicy ones. Drink now-2017. (1491 views)
 Tasted by beerguru on 9/7/2014 & rated 91 points: Cherry fruit, little mint on the finish to start
Warms up nicely (1431 views)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Terroir Matters - Updated (Nov 2013)
(Turley Zinfandel Juvenile California Ava) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2013, IWC Issue #168
(Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Juvenile California) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/2/2013)
(Turley Zinfandel Juvenile) Very dark red violet color; appealing, herbal, tart berry nose; tasty, tight, tart berry, black currant, dried herbs palate; medium-plus finish (good value at $20)  91 points
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