The best Zinfandel in California is arguably Turley and if not the best, Turley is always in the conversation with Carlisle, Bedrock, Ridge and others. Turley wines are highly desirable and most of their production is sold direct (winery to consumer) via their mailing list. Occasionally they appear on restaurant lists but in retail stores Turley wines are “allocated” by distributors and scarce.

So you can imagine my astonishment when I found a Turley Zin from prestigious Howell Mountain in a Montana state liquor store. And more amazing was the price – $30! Needless to say, I bought a few bottles which was an awesome pairing with grilled Montana steaks during family ski trip to Cascade Ridge in Big Sky, Montana. Zins are excellent pairing for any grilled or barbecued meals.


TURLEY Zinfandel Cedarman Howell Mountain 2014
Proprietary blend of Zinfandel with small amount of Petite Sirah |
15.6% ALC | $30 |

Wine Advocate 94 rating says “Another Howell Mountain cuvée, the 2014 Zinfandel Cedarman (15.65% alcohol) is broodingly dark, with rich, briary blackberry and blueberry fruit, full-bodied opulence, not the riveting complexity of the Rattlesnake Ridge, but still impressive, multilayered, pure and ripe. It contains a small amount of Petite Syrah. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.”

Cheers, Bob the Wineguy

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