An impressive Zin, powerfully built yet complex and precise. Loaded with pepper and floral boysenberry aromas, this balances lively tannins and acidity with ripe cherry, smoky sage and anise flavors. Cellar for now. Best from 2015 through 2023. (TF)
Turley’s 2011 Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge is impressive. Dense, rich and powerful, the 2011 is beautifully crafted, with great balance of fruit, acidity and structure. Layers of black currants, sweet tobacco and tar are layered into the vibrant, nuanced finish. This vivid Zinfandel should drink well pretty much upon release, but also has the stuffing to develop beautifully in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. (AG)
(this was the first Zinfandel vineyard harvested on Howell Mountain in 2011, according to winemaker Tegan Passalacqua): Deep, bright ruby-red. Knockout nose combines blackberry, cracked pepper, dusty spices, musky coffee, minerals and earth. Dense, savory and dry, with terrific depth and texture to the rather uncompromising flavors of dark fruits, crushed rock and salty minerals. Serious Zinfandel for aging, but austere in the early going. (ST) 93+
The 2011 Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge is a little more aromatic and lifted than the Dragon, Turley's other Howell Mountain Zinfandel. Sweet tobacco, licorice, mint, plum and smoke notes wrap around a core of expressive, dark fruit. The aromas and flavors are distinctly savory in this medium-bodied yet intense Zinfandel. The Rattlesnake Ridge emerges from a well-exposed ridge that sees a lot of wind. (AG)
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