Turley Duarte Zinfandel 2019
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|Region||California, Central Coast, Contra Costa|
One whiff of the Duarte tells you everything you need to know about where this wine comes from. Notes of dark-skinned stone fruits, driftwood, and a bracing shoreline breeze convey the windswept sands of Contra Costa as clearly as if you were standing in the beach-like soils yourself. The palate is only further proof: suave tannins, smooth yet textured, velvety with a hint of grip, almost like peach fuzz. The type of dynamic fruit, acid, and tannin balance that can only come from ancient vines deeply rooted in the sandy soils of Northern California. Perfectly stellar from the first pour. If you’ve ever dreamed of renting a remote beach cottage in winter where you can walk your dog along the shore during the day and write your novel by a crackling fire at night, this wine is for you.
The 2019 Zinfandel Duarte has turned out beautifully. Effusive aromatics and bright, explosive fruit give this exuberant Zinfandel tons of character. Sweet dark cherry, plum, leather, tobacco and chocolate are all kicked up. The 2019 is flat-out gorgeous. Duarte is a blend of four sites in Contra Costa: Evangelho, Mori, Salvador and Del Barba. This is the last vintage that includes Salvador, which has now been torn out and will become a housing development.
The 2019 Zinfandel Duarte has a deep ruby-purple color and gregarious perfume of blueberry and blackberry preserves with hints of peaches, aniseed, tar and dried flowers. The palate is medium-bodied, soft, perfumed and approachable with lots of juicy lift on the finish. 1,560 cases produced.