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Bechtoldt Vineyard
Cinsault
Lodi

Planted in 1886, this Cinsault vineyard is the oldest of its kind in the country—perhaps even beyond. The vines are gnarly, head-trained and planted on their own roots. The wine is light-bodied, tart, perfumed, and extremely well balanced. Select distribution and Paso Robles tasting room only.

Bedrock Vineyard
Zinfandel
Sonoma Valley

Hailing from 1888 and owned by Joel & Morgan Peterson of Ravenswood and Bedrock Wine Co., respectively, the Bedrock Vineyard is truly an iconic site. Right in the heart of Sonoma Valley, these ancient vines are planted amidst volcanic rocks that have sloughed down from Monte Rosso. Though our organically farmed block is primarily Zinfandel, there are a smattering of Petite Syrah and Alicante Bouschet vines as well. The wines are deep, complex, and worthy of their noble origins. Mailing list only.

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Cedarman
Zinfandel
Howell Mountain

Cedarman is a proprietary blend of fruit from both Rattlesnake Ridge and Dragon Vineyards. Though primarily Zinfandel, we use a small amount of Petite Syrah from the Rattlesnake vineyard as well. The result is a truly powerful, dense, and wild wine long on flavor.

Cobb Vineyard
Zinfandel
Amador County

Planted at 1500 feet on the volcanic, granitic hillside near our new property in Amador, the Cobb Vineyard Zinfandel is an homage to Buck Cobb, owner of the vineyard and from whom we purchased the Karly property. The rocky conditions and more extreme weather (including snow!) make for a structured, savory wine. Though fruits run the full gamut from red to blue to black, the wine favors secondary and tertiary flavors: graphite, game and bacon fat, along with characteristic granitic tannins.

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Dogtown Vineyard
Zinfandel
Lodi

Planted in 1944, the Dogtown Vineyard is farmed by Turley Wine Cellars. This head-trained, own-rooted vineyard is technically within the Clements Hills AVA, which has more topography than the rest of Lodi. The rolling hills are composed of clay & volcanic soils, and vine yields are extremely low. The wine is characterized by dark red fruit flavors, spice & black tea.

Duarte
Zinfandel
Contra Costa County

This wine is an homage to Joe Duarte, a prominent grape grower in Contra Costa who first introduced Turley to the incredible vineyards of the area. The wine is comprised of fruit from the Evanghelo, Mori, and Salvador vineyards, all in Contra Costa. The soil here is primarily sand, and as a result the wines have some of the softest, silkiest tannins we’ve ever seen in a Zinfandel.

Dusi Vineyard
Zinfandel
Paso Robles

The Dusi vineyard was planted by Dante Dusi in 1945, and it is farmed by his family to this day. The vines are head-trained and dry-farmed, planted in soil that is mostly alluvial with some very large rocks. Like our other vineyards in the area, Dusi is on the west side of Paso Robles. The wine tends to be soft, round, and wonderfully approachable.

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Dragon Vineyard
Zinfandel
Howell Mountain

Dragon Vineyard is an estate-owned and certified organic vineyard. Planted at 2400 feet at one of the highest points on Howell Mountain, the vineyard sits well above the fog line and faces east. These important features, along with the rocky, red volcanic soil, make for a very unique, full-bodied and powerful Zinfandel that ages beautifully.

Fredericks Vineyard
Zinfandel
Sonoma Valley

This certified organic vineyard, owned by Dick Fredericks, was planted in 1937. Though technically within the Sonoma Valley appellation, the vineyard is actually located about 900 feet up along very steep contoured terraces. We feel lucky to work with this vineyard, as it is very rare to find hillside head-trained old vines. The wines are high in acid, bright, balanced, with well-integrated fruit & tannin.

Grist Vineyard
Zinfandel
Dry Creek Valley

The Grist vineyard was planted in 1973, and is certified organic. Though technically within Dry Creek Valley, this vineyard is located on Bradford Mountain, which is actually much cooler than the valley floor. As a result, the wines tend to be lighter and more Pinot Noir-like than most wines from Dry Creek. Mailing list only.

Hayne Vineyard
Zinfandel
Napa Valley

The Hayne Vineyard is one of our most exceptional sites. Located in an idyllic warm yet breezy spot on the west side of St. Helena, we are honored to have worked with this vineyard and the Hayne family for the past twenty years. The head-trained, dry-farmed Zinfandel vines were planted in 1902 and 1903, and they produce wines of power and elegance year in and year out.

Hayne Vineyard
Petite Syrah
Napa Valley

The Hayne Petite Syrah was planted in 1953 by Otty Hayne while he was home from college, along with his father. All head-trained, dry-farmed and organic, this Petite Syrah is one of the most unique wines in California. Powerful and inky in its youth, the wine becomes more feminine and refined with age, and will outlive us all.

Heminway Vineyard
Zinfandel
Napa Valley

Located on the top of the Vaca Mountains in north-eastern Napa Valley, this vineyard sits at 1700 feet in between the southern end of Howell Mountain and just north of Pritchard Hill. Grown by Jay Heminway, the vines benefit from the moderating climate above Lake Hennessey. The wines are classic Napa Valley blue mountain fruit, with well-integrated tannins. Mailing list only.

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Judge Bell
Zinfandel
Amador County

Though we’ve worked with fruit from various vineyards in Amador since 1996, the 2011 Judge Bell is our first Amador County-bottled wine. This wine comes from the Picnic Hill block of the Story Vineyard in Shenandoah Valley. The head-trained, dry-farmed, and own-rooted vines were planted in 1907. The wine has the characteristic Amador bramble, structure & red fruit. Amador tasting room only.

Juvenile
Zinfandel
California

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 our old vine sites. We tag the vine when we 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 we pull from 15 of our vineyards across California, including Hayne, Ueberroth, Pesenti, Salvador, and Vineyard 101.

Kirschenmann Vineyard
Zinfandel
Lodi

New to the Turley family this year, and particularly close to our hearts, as our winemaker, Tegan Passalacqua, owns and farms this vineyard. The ungrafted vines were planted in 1915 in the silica-rich sandy soils of the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA. Thanks to the river’s cool waters and delta breezes, these head-trained, dry-farmed vines are constantly protected from the heat. As a result, the Kirschenmann is a gorgeously perfumed wine, reminiscent of purple flowers like lilac or wisteria on the nose, as well as savory game and pepper. Light to middle-weight on the palate, bolstered by plenty of acid and extremely well-integrated, fine-grained tannins.

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Library Vineyard
Petite Syrah
Napa Valley

The Library Vineyard is one of the most unique vineyards in California. Planted between 1880 and 1920 directly behind the St. Helena Public Library, the vineyard is very varietally diverse. Primarily Petite Syrah vines mix with myriad others, including Peloursin, Cinsault, Syrah, Mission, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, Carignan, Grenache, and Zinfandel. There are also a number of white grapes, such as Muscat Alexandria, Muscadelle, Burger, and Green Hungarian. We pick them all together to make a wine truly expressive of the vineyard. Mailing list only.

Mead Ranch
Zinfandel
Atlas Peak

Mead Ranch is planted at about 1600 feet on Atlas Peak, on the south eastern side of Napa Valley. The vineyard was originally planted in 1880, though our block is primarily from 1970. This vineyard is head-trained, planted in red volcanic soil. On a clear day you can see San Francisco; though those are few and far between, and thus this vineyard sees plenty of fog from the bay. Thicker skins and smaller berries make for solid tannin and the coolness of the site lends acidity to the balanced, dark blue fruit.

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Old Vines
Zinfandel
California

Old Vines is composed of a variety of old sites from California that are either too small to be made into a vineyard designate wine, or are “new” to the Turley family (and way of farming). While we bring them up to speed as far as our rigorous farming practices go, in the mean time they make up the Old Vines blend. The average age of the vines in these 18 vineyards is about 80 years old, and they hail from Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lodi, Contra Costa, Amador, and Paso Robles.

Pesenti Vineyard
Zinfandel
Paso Robles

This certified organic estate-owned vineyard was planted in the 1920s on primarily limestone soil. Though the vines are also head-trained & dry-farmed, the soil plays the most important role in distinguishing this vineyard on the west side of Paso Robles. The wines have a lightness and aromas unique to the site, with crushed-mineral and floral characteristics not normally seen in Zinfandel.

Pesenti Vineyard
Petite Syrah
Paso Robles

This estate-owned and certified organic vineyard was planted by the Turley team using cuttings from the Hayne vineyard. A young head-trained and dry-farmed vineyard in limestone, the wines are dark, smooth, dense, and classic Petite Syrah. Mailing list and Paso Robles tasting room only.

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Rattlesnake Ridge
Zinfandel
Howell Mountain

Rattlesnake Ridge is an estate-owned and certified organic vineyard. Located at the top of Howell Mountain at about 2600 feet, the vines see more sun here then they would on the valley floor; however, it is much colder due to the elevation, and can even snow in the winter. All combined, these factors make for a truly unique wine: bold, strong tannins and an acid backbone that can only come from Howell Mountain.

Rattlesnake Ridge
Petite Syrah
Howell Mountain

Above St. Helena on the north eastern ridge of Napa Valley, the Petite Syrah from Rattlesnake Ridge Vineyard is another fantastic expression of Howell Mountain. Dark, powerful, inky, funky; this sun-drenched but cool & windy site brings out the best characteristics of Petite Syrah. Mailing list only.

Sadie Upton Vineyard
Zinfandel
Amador County

We are honored to be working with this jewel of a vineyard in Amador County, which for the last 30 years had been made exclusively by Karly. Planted during Prohibition in 1922 by a then 21-year-old Sadie Upton at 1500 feet in Plymouth, CA, the wines are perfumed and light to medium weight on the palate with a bright, uplifting acidity. Chunks of granite, quartz, and silica litter the vineyard, and make themselves most evident in the fine-grained, well-integrated tannins. Mailing list and Amador tasting room only.

Salvador Vineyard
Zinfandel
Contra Costa County

Salvador Vineyard in Contra Costa County is a paragon of old vine Zinfandel. These organically farmed vines were planted on their own roots in 1896. The roots are free to roam deeply, as the soil is solid sand for 40 feet down. The wine is stunning: silky, complex, and powerfully elegant. Mailing list only.

Sauvignon Blanc
Amador County

A “swan song” wine, selected from Buck Cobb’s vines planted at 1500 feet in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Bright, lively, steely citrus and white flowers on the nose, with a lovely mineral-rich texture on the mid-palate, courtesy of the granitic soils and more extreme weather conditions in this vineyard. Barrel fermented in neutral French wood and aged in stainless steel, the wine is richly complex and well balanced, with ripe fruit and stony acidity. Amador tasting room only.

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Tecolote
Red Wine
Paso Robles

Tecolote Red Wine Paso Robles 2012 marks the first iteration of this particular wine (60% Grenache 40% Carignane) for Turley. Given the Catalan-esque blend, we gave the wine a Spanish name—Tecolote means “owl,” and is also the name of the block in the Pesenti vineyard that these vines come from. Planted in the 1920’s in calcareous soils, this wine is high toned and very perfumed. Beautiful red fruit and spice on the nose, with a subtle dark chocolate and musk note. Paso Robles tasting room only.

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Turley Estate
Zinfandel
Napa Valley

This vineyard is special to all of us here at the winery; right in our backyard, it’s what we see every day at work (and from the family home!) In 2006 we planted 6 acres of head-trained dry-farmed Zinfandel that compliments the original planting from ten years prior, all of which are certified organic. The wines are ripe, full-bodied, with wild berry and garrigue flavors.

Turley Estate
Petite Syrah
Napa Valley

Planted adjacent to the Estate Zinfandel, this Petite Syrah is also certified organic. The area used to be Wappo Indian grounds, and obsidian arrowheads are commonplace in the rocky volcanic soils. The wines are classic Napa Valley Petite Syrah: dark & brooding on the nose, bright and vibrant on the palate. Mailing list only.

Ueberroth Vineyard
Zinfandel
Paso Robles

Planted in 1885, Ueberroth is the oldest of our Zinfandel vineyards. Located closer to the sea than any other site we work with, you can smell the salt air from the top of the hill. These ungrafted, head-trained vines are planted on very steep limestone slopes. The high pH of the soil makes for a very high acid wine, elevating the ripe fruit flavors from this historic certified organic vineyard.

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Vineyard 101
Zinfandel
Alexander Valley

Located in Sonoma, this certified organic vineyard was planted in the 1920s. At only 2 ½ acres, it is the smallest site we make into a vineyard designate, which is a shame, since the wines are consistently a staff favorite. The wines are aromatic and light, with lots of fruit and great acidity. Mailing list only.

White Coat
White Wine
California

Though the blend has changed over the years, White Coat (named for Larry’s past as an Emergency Room physician) comprises rich, textured Roussanne from Rattlesnake Ridge on Howell Mountain moderated by acidity and structure of Grenache Blanc from Pesenti Vineyard. New this year is the addition of Vermentino, as well as a little extra Grenache Blanc, from the Cobb Vineyard in Amador. The result is a unique, dynamic white wine with minerals, stone fruit and white flowers on the nose and great viscosity tempered by lean acidity on the palate. Mailing list & Paso Robles tasting room only.

White Zinfandel
Napa Valley

We pick a small portion of our estate Zinfandel vines early (at about 19 brix) to make this bright, dry rosé. High in acid, low in alcohol, thoroughly refreshing—though more akin to French rosés from Provence in the way it’s made, this wine is distinctly California. White Zinfandel has a good heart but a bad reputation; hopefully we can help change that.  Select distribution and Paso Robles tasting room only.

Zampatti Vineyard
Zinfandel
Sonoma County

Though technically Sonoma County, this vineyard is nearly hidden in downtown Santa Rosa. Planted in 1915 on 3 tiny acres, the vineyard is farmed organically by Alida Morzenti, granddaughter of the Zampattis. The vines are planted on a cool sloping site, with large rocks in the soil. The wines are balanced, aromatic, bright and beautiful. Mailing list only.