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.
Steacy Ranch was one of the first vineyards planted on St. George rootstock in Lodi, which has since become the gold standard for Zinfandel in California. Hailing from 1907, the Zinfandel vines in this sandy-soiled vineyard are interspersed with Grenache, Carignane, and Mission varieties as well, all common bedfellows in these classic old California vineyards.
'The 2016 Zinfandel Steacey Ranch packs a serious punch in 2016. Ripe red cherry, plum, licorice, tobacco and cedar are all pushed forward. Bold and hearty in style, the 2016 is pleasantly rustic and full of character. At this stage, the Steacey Ranch feels a bit chunky. Even so, these vines, planted in 1907 on St. George rootstock, yield distinctive wines long on personality and class. Dollops of Grenache and Carignane round out the blend.' Vinous (Galloni) - 92
Origin: Lodi / California / USA