What a fun week or so I've had with Zins; high quality Carlisle, Limerick Lane and Turley in the span of about a week. This was the last of the three, and Pesenti is always one of my favorite turleys. Big fruit, big buzz. Don't drink it all yourself in one night (three is OK), but great drinking.
Deep ruby and very floral on the nose, this Zinfandel offers up aromas of lavender, black raspberries, black pepper and underbrush. Full-bodied, fresh and with medium-weight, fine-grained tannins, it serves up flavors on the palate which mirror the aromas on the nose. The listed alcohol (16.3%) is what one would expect from a fortified wine...yet it somehow goes unnoticed! Solid in the middle and long on the finish, this is yet another impressive Turley offering. I am not quite sure how they pull this off, but it is nothing short of brilliant. Drink now-2017.
Singing like a songbird right now. The bouquet poured out of the bottle upon uncorking with lusty raspberry, blackberry and black cherry notes that trailed along onto the palate and into the finish. Spice and garrigue catch your attention within about an hour in the glass. Purple/blood red with fetching legs and a full body. Spot-on acidity keeps things fresh and prevents the fruit from becoming overbearing. Year in and year out our consistently favorite Turley offering. The 2010 is among their best. A must-have for Zin lovers.
Dark red/purple. Expressive, fruity nose with some spice. Powerful but balanced palate, with lots of fruit, smooth tannins, some pepper and spice. Didn't taste or notice the alcohol at all. Paired with a herb encrusted grilled beef tenderloin - this pairing was nearly perfect. I find myself really enjoying the Central Coast Turleys.
Deep purple to the rim. Rich, floral and spice on the nose. Slightly sweet (really "candied") fruits in initial taste - cherry, plum... then beocmes more balanced. Smooth tannins make for a typical Turley long finish. Very enjoyable... if a bit large.
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.
Wonderful nose of cherry, candied spice with pop n pour. In the mouth first black cherry and spice. Then brambly tanins with addition of strawberry. Acidity and fruit well balanced midpalate. Cedar box and mulch tanins (arugala?) more prominent on finish. I don't remember this drinking so well previously. pretty darn well-mannered for 16% etoh.
Big black fruit and flowers on the nose. Crushed blackberry, cherry, huckleberry flavors - wild and vibrant. Acidity provides the kick, and tannins on the finish bring some balance...a intense wine, not for everyone.
One of the most delicious in the '10 line-up. Super charged berries of incredible cocentration. Overflowing with spice and brambles. So outsized, I'd expect some heat, but I didn't find any here. A great bottle of Turley!
Pure blackberry, black cherry, tea, earthy jammy bramble notes, slight red peppercorn; supple, rich, dense hairy blackberries with potting soil; fairly full smooth tannins but still young, tangy finish.
Similar notes but with a grilled bloody Mary tri-tip tonight. Ok. I am a sucker for this fruit bomb. I really like it and at this price still think it is a great value. This is not über complex but that isn't what I was after either. Perfect for the occasion.
The 92 is the score for the wine after being open for 3 hours. I shouldn't have opened this so seen considering I only have 2 or 3. However, in honor of my latest shipment of Turley, I opened this. Had with pizza. The first few hours were quite disjointed...out of wack. Then......it got heavenly with great red fruit, pepper, fantastic balance. Hints of blueberry pie.
Day 2, 2 days later -- alcohol starting to show disrupting the balance at the end of day 1. Still great fruit and a good wine even with the alcohol coming through.
Dark ruby color, with a typical Pesenti nose of ripe fruit and baking spices. This year shows a pleasant slap of minerality and a generally brighter character. Focused, generous, densely fruity, and long. Tangy and persistent finish. The most complete Pesenti I've had, and really delicious. Drinking well now with just a bit of air, but ought to hold strong for 5-7 years. Not surprised Tanzer digs this.
Pretty purple in the glass and wow the fruit on the aromas is pretty intense. Paired this up with a grilled fish and salsa dish that isn't too heavy on the spice and the two went together really well. I really liked this wine for what it is to me which is a big fun drinking fruit filled wine. At the price I think it is perfectly fair and I would absolutely drink more of it and buy more too...
Found this to be a lot like egh described -- not jammy or syrupy at all, but high-toned, taut, and even classy. Didn't seem that complex, though -- I got loads of pure blackberry fruit and a little caramel underneath, but nothing much else. The acid keeps it nicely in check, but otherwise might be a one note wonder. Delicious juice, but not feeling the WS review. Will let my remaining bottle rest a while.
Despite the listed 16.1% alcohol, this zinfandel did not present at all hot, jammy, syrupy, stewed, or port-like. With that said, this is still a bold, ripe, concentrated, fuller bodied, and hedonistic effort with gobs of wild dark berry and black cherry fruit, along with bramble and peppercorn notes. Finishes with impressive power, grip, and length. Paired nicely with the pork osso bucco at 112 Eatery.
Mixed feelings here - usually a big fan of Turley - not so much with this bottle. Nice "Zin" colored red-purple, nose of bramble fruits, blue/black fruits, spice, great finish - unfortunately this was a hot, alcoholic mess at the end. Hopefully this was an "off" bottle.
Dark ruby core that fades to a lighter ruby corona then to a water rim. Day bright reflections and medium viscosity to this medium-plus concentrated wine. After allowing to breathe aromas present raspberry, cherry, briar aromas of rose, pink peppercorn, and pleasant hints of damp earth, devils chocolate cake and eucalyptus. The palate is striking, elegant and complex. Perfect acidity levels compliment the weight, tannins, alcohol, and flavors. Excellently structured with a satin like texture. Flavors of cherry and raspberry sing through from entry to finish. Rose, pink peppercorn and dehydrated strawberry flavors are accented by light wood. the finish is moderate accentuating the ripe red fruit.
One of the most unique and elegant Zins I have tasted.
Turley Pick-Up Party (At the Winery - Templeton, CA): Beautiful balance of juicy berries and acidity to make this one of the more food-friendly offerings by Turley. Aromas are still a bit muted, but my sense is that this will come alive in about a year. Always one of our favorites, the Pesenti Vineyard bottling (which I believe comes from head-pruned vines) is a revelation of what happens when good terroir meets excellent winemaking.