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2013 Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Judge Bell Vineyard at 94 by Wine Advocate, April 2015
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"The 2013 Zinfandel Judge Bell comes from a block of vines planted in 1907 known as Picnic Hill Block in the Story Vineyard. These are classic head-pruned, dry-farmed, ungrafted vines planted eight years before the beginning of World War I. One of the best Amador Zinfandels I've ever tasted, this wine displays plenty of briary raspberry, black and red cherry as well as boysenberry fruit, good underlying structure, some earth, pepper, meat and spice. It is full-bodied, rich, heady, and somehow manages to brilliantly conceal a whopping 16.2% natural alcohol. Of course, a wine like this would be excoriated by the 'in pursuit of balance' crowd, but this is what balance is all about... what looks to be a mindnumbing amount of alcohol is incredibly well-concealed"