"From vines planted in 1915 in the sandy soils of Lodi, the 2014 Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard (at 15.1% alcohol) shows Southern Rhône-like kirsch liqueur, strawberries, and an elegant medium to full-bodied style with plenty of fresh red, blue and darker fruits. Although it seems a far reach to compare Zinfandel to Pinot Noir, this is probably the most Pinot Noir-like of the Turley Zinfandels and an elegant, lovely wine to drink over the next 5-7 years. " –April 2016
"Dried rose petal, crushed flowers, mint and savory herbs lift from the 2014 Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard. In this vintage, the Kirschenmann is a bit richer and deeper than normal, the result of drought conditions that led to low yields. -AG"
Now in its second iteration, the Kirschenmann is particularly close to our hearts as our winemaker, Tegan Passalacqua, owns and farms this vineyard. The ungrafted vines were planted in 1915 in the silica-rich sandy soils of the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA. Thanks to the river’s cool waters and delta breezes, these head-trained, dry-farmed vines are constantly protected from the heat.
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).