Turley Dragon Vineyard Zinfandel 2019
Dragon Vineyard is an estate-farmed, certified organic vineyard. Planted at 2400 feet at one of the highest points on Howell Mountain, the vineyard sits well above the fog line and faces east, first to receive the soft morning sun. These important features, along with the rocky, red volcanic soil, make for a unique, full-bodied, powerful Zinfandel. This is often Larry’s favorite since it goes with what he most likes to cook: bold, flavorful, spice-laden meats laid over an open fire. There’s a reason Howell Mountain was the first designated sub-AVA in Napa Valley: the wines from this hallowed ridge are the most distinctive in the entire region.
Defined by dark fruits, white pepper & other high-toned spices as well as savory herbs, the Dragon is truly one of a kind. On the palate, the wine shows ripe black plum, well-spiced roasted meats, and plenty of tannin, reminiscent of northern Rhône wines. Though absolutely a great food wine, the Dragon merits a contemplation all its own; we recommend decanting, then getting to the bottom of a glass or two by the hearth before dinner, just to see what’s what.
Medium ruby in color, the 2019 Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard has alluring black fruits on the nose with accents of salted licorice, earth and blood orange. The medium-bodied palate is grainy and fresh with spicy black fruits and a long finish with appealing earthy nuances. It's youthfully coiled and deserves another 2-3 years in bottle. 1,410 cases produced.
The 2019 Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard is a dense, powerful wine. Inky red fruit, rose petal, spice and cedar all run through this potent, Howell Mountain Zinfandel. Firm tannins need time to soften, but there is a lot of wine. The Dragon is one of the most distinctive bottlings in the range. This is a true mountain wine, but it is less forbiddingly tannic and brooding than the Rattlesnake Ridge.