Turley Zinfandel Juvenile 2020, California

Turley Wine Cellars was founded in 1993 by Larry Turley, brother of the well-known consulting winemaker Helen Turley. Larry Turley entered the wine business in 1981 as co-founder of Frog’s Leap Winery. He then realized that his interest lay in wines made from the Zinfandel grape. Starting out with just one location in St. Helena, Turley Wine Cellars soon expanded to Templeton with the purchase of Pesenti winery, and as of 2007, produced 14,000 cases a year of both single-vineyard and regional Zinfandel wines. Turley’s zins come from dry-farmed vineyards, a majority of them being old head-pruned sites planted by Italian immigrants in the late 19th century. The wines are aged in 20% new French oak, and are bottled with little clarification. Though the vast majority of our wines are single vineyard designates, Juvenile is actually composed of a variety of young vines that have been replanted in several of Turley’s old vine sites. They tag the vine when they replant it so as not to mix the brand new vine with its much older neighbors, then pick these young vines separately and make a distinct wine. The vines that make up Juvenile range in age from about 6-25 years, and they pull from 27 of their vineyards across California, including Hayne, Ueberroth, Pesenti, Salvador, and Vineyard 101, Fredericks and Kirschenmann. 2019 vintage – The wine is truly lovely from the very first pour, showing ripe red fruits, florals, warmed spices, and excellent freshness. Smooth, lithe, and satisfying on the palate, with a hint of texture and supremely well-integrated tannins. Juvenile always sets the standard for classic California Zinfandel, and the 2019 is no exception.