The Turley Wine Cellars 2009 Ueberroth Vineyard Zinfandel is a wine of remarkable structure and chalky minerality, showcasing the distinct character of this vineyard. In the glass, it reveals a deep and inviting color. The nose is lavish, with pronounced aromas of kirsch and black currant that captivate the senses. This vintage exhibits more muscle and density compared to other wines from Turley, reflecting the unique qualities of the Ueberroth Vineyard. Despite the 2009 vintage being softer and lighter in style, this Zinfandel retains its charm and allure. On the palate, the wine displays a harmonious balance of flavors, with the luscious fruit notes intertwining with the wine's inherent structure. The finish is both satisfying and irresistible, leaving a lasting impression. This Ueberroth Vineyard Zinfandel showcases the artistry and skill of Turley Wine Cellars in crafting wines that embody the character of their exceptional vineyards.
Robert Parker - (91-94) Points
"Not surprisingly, the 2009 Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard exhibits lots of structure as well as a chalky minerality, lavish kirsch and black currant fruit and more muscle and density than many of its siblings. It will be even better with 1-2 years of bottle age and will be one of the few 2009 Zins that will last a decade or more. Larry Turley and his sidekick, longtime winemaker Ehren Jordan remain the reference point, along with Mike Officer at Carlisle in Sonoma and the Biale Family in Napa, for world-class, quintessential old vine Zinfandels. Sadly, few California Zinfandels reach these heights. 2009 is a softer, lighter-styled vintage for Turley, but the wines are already charming and irresistible. They should be ready to drink when released and best consumed in their first 4-6 years of life. The exceptions are a few of the old vine cuvees as well as their Petite Syrahs, which are all 30-50-year wines. Surprisingly, the alcohol levels are nearly as high as usual, running between 15.1% and 16.5% for the Zinfandels and 1 to 2% lower in the Petite Syrahs. Turley Cellars’ Petite Syrahs are something to behold. As stated above, they are all 30- to 50-year wines and even in a more fruit-forward, slightly lighter vintage such as 2009, they deliver massive fruit and richness, yet possess considerably lower alcohols than any of the Zinfandels. Although they can be drunk young, their true character tends to emerge at ages 10-20 or later as they are the ultimate anti-oxidant when it comes to wine. All of them exhibits dense opaque purple colors, full body and notes of graphite, blackberries, blueberries and incense as well as superb purity and density."