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Zinfandel Roars Back

Wine Spectator – June 2013

“Larry Turley delivers rich, full-bodied reds that reflect his zest for life.” 

For the past 20 years, the strongest hand at the Zinfandel wheel has been Larry Turley’s. Turley Wine Cellars, which released its first wines with the 1993 vintage, pioneered a plush, richly fruity style of Zinfandel that helped establish the varietal as a world-class contender. Turley’s Zins appear on America’s best restaurant wine lists, and the waiting time for a spot on his direct mail list rivals that of many cult Cabernet Sauvignon producers. Wine Spectator’s James Laube explains.

 

 
 

Winemakers of the Year

SF Chronicle – January 2015

Connecting California’s past & future, our Tegan Passalacqua is named to Winemaker of the Year along with Morgan Twain-Peterson of Bedrock Wine Co.!

 

 

Larry Turley on
I'll Drink to That!

I’ll Drink to That – November 2014

Larry Turley tells his story–about the South, medicine, motorcycles, and yes, wine–to Levi Dalton on the I’ll Drink to That! podcast.

 
 
 
 

A Bold New Chapter for Amador Zinfandel

SF Chronicle – February 2014

“In a way, Turley’s arrival in Amador takes California’s recent Zinfandel history full circle.”

 
 
 

Gold Rush Grape

Sunset Magazine – July 2014

“Think of old vines as experience,” Turley says…and how about old-vine wine? “If you talk to a young person,” Turley explains, “they’re energetic but not full of depth. Older, more thoughtful souls have more layers. They make you pause.

 
 

The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste

Ten Speed Press – November 2013

“A comprehensive guide to the must-know wines and producers of California’s ‘new generation,’ and the story of the iconoclastic young winemakers who have changed the face of California viniculture in recent years.”

Turley, along with winemaker Tegan Passalacqua, is featured prominently in this exciting new work by Jon Bonné.

 

Winery Adventures: Turley Wine Cellars, Amador

San Jose Mercury News – Septemeber 2014

“Turley has made a commitment to serious growth in Amador.”

 

Forbes 30 Under 30

January 2014 – Forbes Magazine

Christina Turley named to Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30″ issue.

 
 

The Pleasures of America’s Oldest Vines

The Daily Beast – February 2014

America may be a young country and our wine industry even younger, but there are old vineyards that produce seriously delicious wine. Seek them out writes sommelier Jordan Salcito.

 
 
 

A Native Son with an Eye for Vineyards

SF Chronicle – February 2012

“We’re trying to figure out how to get growers to keep old vines in the ground.”

 
 

A Revival for White Zinfandel

June 2012 – Inside Scoop

Don’t be surprised if you find an unexpected entry on some fancy wine lists this summer. White Zinfandel is headed for a comeback of sorts, due to a very unexpected source: Turley Wine Cellars, one of California’s most elite Zin houses.

 

 

Napa Cabernet's Year for Reflection

June 2013 – The San Francisco Chronicle

2010 Turley Wine Cellars The Label Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($42, 14.5%):

The famed Zinfandel house has tossed its hat into the ring with a more traditional approach to Napa. Made from an organically farmed parcel near Larry Turley’s estate north of St. Helena, this is a tribute to the more modest 1970s Napa Cabs – even if its label is an exploration in sans-serif modernity. It’s Cabernet without pretense, full of dried-mint brushiness, fresh flowers and dried cherries. There’s a dryness to the tannins, too (hence the ’70s homage) and a chicory-like bite. If not the most complex of the lot, it serves its purpose precisely.

 

The Battle for America's Oldest Vines

Food & Wine – October 2013

Turley specializes in old-vine Zinfandels, but Passalacqua’s passion for these vineyards doesn’t just come from the need to do his job. For him, vineyards like Salvador aren’t merely old but historic; their value extends far beyond the per-ton cost of their grapes. “They remind me that what we do is agriculture,” he says, “instead of agri-business.”

 

Homeward Bound

November 2011 – Imbibe Magazine

When Christina Turley was nine, she drew a picture of the perfect wine. “It was a Lancers-shaped bottle,” remembers her father, famed California Zinfandel vintner Larry Turley, referring to the sweet Portuguese wine that was ubiquitous in American liquor stores in the 1970s. “On the label was a picture of herself. And the wine’s name was ‘Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate.’ ”

 
 

Dunne on Wine:
Turley Wine Cellars

November 2013 – Sacramento Bee

“There are tons of good grapes up here. They’re dry-farmed in the old style. So many places are tearing out these old zinfandel vineyards and planting cabernet sauvignon,” said Turley with a degree of disgust.