Turley 2018 “Cedarman" Zinfandel, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA

Turley 2018 “Cedarman" Zinfandel, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA

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Turley 2018 “Cedarman" Zinfandel, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA

After founding the Frog's Leap winery with business partner John Williams in 1981, then ER physician Larry Turley had taken a shining to the wines made from Zinfandel & Petite Syrah, growing particularly fond of those made from old vine vineyards. Eventually, he sold his half of Frog’s Leap to John and started Turley Wine Cellars in 1993.

Primarily focused on single-vineyard designate Zinfandel and Petite Syrah and working with old vine vineyards, Larry aimed to both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture.

Today,  all of Turley's vineyards are either Certified Organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or in the process of certification, and they use all natural yeasts during fermentation. Tegan Passalacqua was hired as Head Winemaker and Vineyard Manager in 2013 and now manages over two dozen vineyards throughout California.


Farming: Certified Organic

Winemaker/Chef du Cave: Tegan Passalacqua

Grape Varieties: Zinfandel (small proportion of Petite Syrah)

Terroir: Howell Mountain fruit. High elevation, blending Rattlesnake Ridge and Dragon Vineyards. 2400 feet at one of the highest points on Howell Mountain, Dragon vineyard sits well above the fog line and faces east. These important features, along with the rocky, red volcanic soil. Rattlesnake Ridge is 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, known for it cool winds and heavy sunshine.

Vinification/Oak Usage: Native yeast fermentation. 

Aging: Aged in 80% used oak barriques, of which 80% is French (the rest American)

Tasting Notes: Wild berries, cracked pepper, game, pine forest—the perfect wine for cabin-goers and cabinfever-havers alike. For fans of bold and full flavor, the wine has tons of brambly fruits and signature mountain brawn. A serious steal, the Cedarman is exemplary in 2018. Can decant or lay down, though does not require either; serve at 55-65ºF.

 


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