Turley Lodi 'Kirschenmann' Zinfandel 2016

Larry Turley and winemaker Tegan Passalaqua continue to produce a fantastic range of wines from some of California's oldest, head-pruned, dry-farmed Zinfandel vineyards. They have managed to persuade the owners of some of California's finest old vineyards to let them take total control of viticulture; farming organically (their own vineyards are also biodynamic), reducing yields to extremely low levels and picking very late. Yes they are high in alcohol, but they are also very pure, fine expressions of their individual terroirs.

Owned by Turley winemaker Tegan Passalacqua, these ungrafted vines were planted in 1915 in the sandy soils of the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA in Lodi. Thanks to the river’s cool waters and delta breezes, these head-trained, field-blend vines—including Mondeuse, Cinsault, and Carignane—are constantly protected from the heat. Bright and high-toned notes of red cherries, citrus and blood orange, along with ripe peaches and other stone fruits on the nose. The palate is signature Kirschnenmann: excellent acidity, suave tannins, and profound depth, with a lightly chalky, well-structured finish.

'The 2016 Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard is bright and lifted and wonderfully nuanced. Like so many of the 2016s, the Kirschenmann offers lovely mid-palate richness and resonance to play off some of the more floral notes. Silky, gracious and totally inviting, the 2016 has so much to offer. This is a gorgeous wine from Turley, and also one of the most compelling wines I have tasted from this site thus far.' Vinous (Galloni) - 93

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2016
  • ABV: 15.3%
  • Origin: Lodi / California / USA
  • Grapes: Zinfandel

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