The Zinfandel Old Vines (1000 cases;16.4% alcohol) is a blend of declassified wine from Turley's old-vine vineyards. A great buy and one of the best old-vine cuvees the Turleys have produced rich full-bodied and unctuously textured it explodes from the glass revealing black fruits earth kirsch licorice pepper and underbrush elements. Sweet (from glycerin and high alcohol not sugar) dry full-bodied concentrated hedonistic and supple it is ideal for drinking over the next 3-4 years.
International Wine Cellar(1998 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 90, May/June 2000 Medium-deep ruby-red. Blackberry, black pepper, shoe polish and a hint of prune on the nose. Smooth and moderately ripe, with good depth of flavor and ripe balancing acids. Finishes firmly tannic, with spicy persistence. This bottling includes some Howell Mountain fruit, which has given it shape and tannic spine.
Robert Parker(1998 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 129
Wine Advocate(1998 Vintage) Rating: (89-90) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 126 on Jan-00