Turley Buck Cobb Zinfandel 2020
|Region||California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County|
Planted at 1500 feet on the volcanic, granitic hillside near our property in Amador, the Cobb Vineyard Zinfandel is an homage to “Buck” Cobb from whom we purchased the vineyard and the Karly property in Amador. We even added a little bi-plane symbol to the label to commemorate Buck’s time as an aerobatic pilot! The rocky conditions and more extreme weather (including snow) in this dry-farmed vineyard make for a hearty, robust Zinfandel.
Don’t be fooled by the lighter color in your glass, as this wine is deeply satiating. A distinctive and alluring nose of red fruits, high-toned mountain perfume, dried rose petals, and sun-warmed granite. The palate is silky smooth, with the very finest-grained tannins imaginable—a true textural delight. Decanting not necessary straight out of the gate, but might come in handy several years down the line if you decide to hold the wine.
Medium ruby, the 2019 Zinfandel "Buck" Cobb Vineyard opens with wild tones of scorched earth, tar and graphite that give way to wild blackberries and apricot hints. The palate is impressive, intensely fruited but lifted, silky and fresh, and it finishes long with a tremendous flourish of peachy and floral perfume. It's youthfully coiled and hints at more to offer, so give it another 2-3 years in bottle.
The 2019 Zinfandel Buck Cobb Vineyard is bold, juicy and exuberant. Bright red/purplish berry fruit, spice, rose petal, lavender and mint fill out the layers. In tasting, the Buck Cobb is quite dense and succulent in feel at the outset, but then gains in both aromatic depth and finesse over time. Dollops of Alicante, Petite Sirah and Mataro round out the blend. I would cellar it for a few years.