"Playing it closer to the vest, but still impressive is the 2014 Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard, which comes from sandy soils as well as vines planted between 1890 and 1930 in Contra Costa County. This is another heady Zinfandel (15.5% alcohol) that exhibits a nice, dark ruby color and loamy soil undertones intermixed with blueberry, strawberry and cherry. It seems to be slightly more reserved and tighter, but spicy and rich. This seems like a candidate to improve for another several years and drink beautifully for another 7-8." –April 2016
"The 2014 Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard is pretty, floral and quite aromatic. Midweight and gracious, the 2014 is delicate and light on its feet. Sweet red and bluish hued fruits linger in a soft, nuanced Zinfandel that will drink well upon release. -AG"
"The 2014 Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard has developed into a lovely wine. Succulent dark cherry, plum, leather, cedar, menthol, licorice and sweet spices flesh out in an effortless, juicy Syrah to drink now and over the next handful of years. The Duarte presents a decidedly roasted, meaty quality in this vintage. The heat of the vintage gives the Duarte its weight. Duarte is a blend of four vineyards; Evangelho, Mori and Salvador.[if this is a blend of 4 vineyards is the name Duarte Vineyards or just Duarte?]" –Dec-16
This wine is an homage to Joe Duarte, a prominent grape grower in Contra Costa who first introduced Turley to the incredible vineyards of the area. The wine is comprised of fruit from the turn-of-the-century Evangehlo, Mori and Salvador vineyards, planted between 1890 and 1930.
The wine ferments using only natural yeasts. It ages for approximately 15 months in 80% French oak and 20% American oak (80% used, 20% new).