Turley 2019 Bechtoldt Vineyard Cinsault, Lodi, California
Farming: Organic. 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.
Winemaker: Tegan Passalacqua was hired as Head Winemaker and Vineyard Manager in 2013 and now manages over two dozen vineyards throughout California.
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.
Grape Varieties: 100% Cinsault - Bechtoldt is the oldest continuously farmed vineyard in the Lodi AVA, consisting of 25 acres of gnarled, own-rooted head-trained vines. Originally planted in 1886 by Joseph Spenker.
Soil Type: Sandy soils
Vinification/Oak Usage: Partial carbonic maceration from Turley's whole-cluster approach to fermentation.