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  • 2003 Turley Zinfandel Old Vines - USA, California (8/31/2005)
    What a nice wine to have after a 5 week break from drinking. The only thing that this wine is missing is the spice I look for in a great Zin. I am amazed at the fact that this wine shows no heat even though it is 16.4% alcohol. (90 pts.)

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LOVE the 03 old vines. find it amazingly balanced (while still being full-bodied)for a new release Turley. Great fruit. We've probably had 3 already. had an '02 last night, paled in comparison to '03. '02 was very disjointed, almost awkward leading into the finish.

I bought all i could find, and hopefully my local shop will get more. give me this hands down over stuff like the ravenswood single-v's (which haven't been the same in years). great buy under $30.
Tasted on 11/11/05

2003 Turley Old Vines...I couldn't believe my nose when I took the initial whiff of this. I got lots of spice. Took a sip and it was pruney and spicy. Gave it a few minutes of air time and the spices were more prominent, very peppery. I've had this wine on two other occassions (last time being a few months ago) and it seems like this is a completely different wine. The Old Vines that I had was very drinkable and soft with very little tannins with well integrated fruit. The bottle I had last night was bombarded with spice and pepper and the fruit wasn't coming through as well. I believe in bottle variation but I just think Turley put the wrong label on this one...it just couldn't be the same wine I have had before. BD92
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Originally posted by Bella Donna:
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Originally posted by seanr7:
The only thing that this wine is missing is the spice I look for in a great Zin. I am amazed at the fact that this wine shows no heat even though it is 16.4% alcohol.
The "no spice" about this wine makes it so appealing for me. I love this wine.

not to put you on the spot, but...
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Originally posted by Bella Donna:
Tasted on 11/11/05

2003 Turley Old Vines...I couldn't believe my nose when I took the initial whiff of this. I got lots of spice. Took a sip and it was pruney and spicy. Gave it a few minutes of air time and the spices were more prominent, very peppery. I've had this wine on two other occassions (last time being a few months ago) and it seems like this is a completely different wine. The Old Vines that I had was very drinkable and soft with very little tannins with well integrated fruit. The bottle I had last night was bombarded with spice and pepper and the fruit wasn't coming through as well. I believe in bottle variation but I just think Turley put the wrong label on this one...it just couldn't be the same wine I have had before. BD92
Tasted 01/22/07 with grilled asian marinaded flank steak and Nutella brownies...this bottle was very similar to the previous tasting note. Lots of prune on the nose but lost a little of the pepper and spice. As this wine ages, it's becoming more overextracted to my palate. Fruit holding up ok though. Drink up within the next one year. BD87

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