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December 201293+ One of the more structured wine in the lineup, the 2010 Zinfandel Salvador Vineyard has the weight, depth and sheer pedigree to reward cellaring. Layers of expressive dark fruit are supported by firm, yet beautifully, balanced tannins. Richness, texture and pure structure are the hallmarks of the Salvador. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025. This is a thrilling set of wines from Larry Turley, Ehren Jordan and Tegan Passalacqua. Tasting this wide a range of 2010 and 2011 Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs is like taking a master class in California terroir. The house style favors an expression of Zinfandel and Petite Syrah built on aromatic intensity and elegance, which Jordan credits to gentle extractions. At times, the wines come across as quite Burgundian in the way they express richness but not excess heaviness. Over the last few years, the wines have become a little more laid-back and less overtly ripe, which is a net positive given that the starting point for all of these wines is fruit of exceptional quality. The Petite Syrahs in particular are noteworthy because they are among the few wines that find the elegance Petite Syrah is capable of, while avoiding the massive tannins that are so typical elsewhere. The 2010s are strong across the board, although Turley did not bottle a few of their wines from sites that got scorched by the heat spikes, which includes the Highway 101 and Zampatti. The 2011s are more variable, as befits a vintage that had much less favorable conditions overall.
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May 201290 (15.9% alcohol; this juice previously went into the Old Vines bottling): Good full medium ruby. Slightly porty aromas of dark berries and dark chocolate, plus a hint of dried fruits. Fat, sweet and high-toned; superconcentrated and superripe but not particularly complex. Finishes with building tannins and a slightly nutty quality.