1997 Turley Zinfandel Black Sears Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Howell Mountain
Drink between 2001 - 2008 (Edit)
CT95 30 reviews
Label borrowed from 1998
Label borrowed from 1995
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Community Tasting Notes 27

  • Ara Kafafian Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 23, 2019 - I was expecting a disaster while uncorking this past it's prime wine but wao was this still holding on. Monster port like 17% alcohol with crazy fruit, tar, rubber, cassis notes exploding from the glass with slight notes of madera. Drink as most bottles of this are past their prime.

  • andreaskoeberl Likes this wine:

    December 23, 2017 - Dark fruit, berries, pepper, leather, and a hint of alcohol on the nose. Slightly effervescent at first on the palate but this went away after a while. Sweet dark fruit, jam, and currants on the palate. The high alcohol is not as present on the palate as it is on the nose. Good finish. Probably past its peak.

  • HowellTime Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 10, 2017 - Beautiful nose of a tradition Zin. After 20 years I was not sure what this wine could do. Nice tannins and massive amounts of fruit. Jammy is not the word to describe the amount of fruit this wine which is held in this vessel. As my 3 year old describes music for his favorite Jams, this is Rocket Guitar Jam!!!

    The wife considers it very port like, but overall nice for a '97.

  • M DU VIN Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 20, 2014 - Even at age 17 this wine exhibits wonderful black fruit and a deep, inky black color. It has a luscious and rich taste that hides the high alcohol content.

  • Neecies Does not like this wine:

    July 6, 2014 - Gav lunch; Bill's wine. Huge, heavy, sweet, porty. Unctious in all the wrong ways. No point assigning a score as I'm too anti this style to rate meaningfully.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

    (Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Black-Sears Vineyard Howell Mountain) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Turley
  • Varietal Zinfandel
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Black Sears Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Howell Mountain

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 116 (49%)
  • Consumed 119 (51%)

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