Value Wine No. 3: Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2013
As noted in this month’s Chapter, Turley knows Zinfandel, and its 2013 Juvenile blend from multiple Paso Robles vineyards represents a true bargain–a world class wine at a suggested retail of $21. This is a classic value wine–my palate indicates that I am drinking a wine that retails well over $50 per bottle rather than a fraction of that amount. When I think of the Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2013, I think of elegance and balance, with a pleasant but not overpowering nose of cherry and strawberry, followed by a hint of spice and a touch of green pepper, followed by a lovely and lengthy smooth finish. The winemakers at Turley have the reputation of being one of California’s foremost Zinfandel experts, and this bottle should quickly convince a wine sleuth that they are not just whistling Dixie on their mass-production Zins. The 2012 Turley Zinfandel vintage received 90+ ratings from multiple sources, and the 2013 managed to raise that ante, receiving a very stout 94 rating from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. If you are looking for a new “House Red” that doesn’t set your wallet back, then I highly recommend that you pick up a case of the Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2013. Cheers!