Zinfandel, ‘Mead Ranch’, Turley
Mead Ranch is planted at about 1600 feet on Atlas Peak, on the south eastern side of Napa Valley. The vineyard was originally planted in the 1880s, though our block is primarily from the 1970s. This vineyard is head-trained, planted in red volcanic soil. On a clear day you can see San Francisco; though those are few and far between, and thus this vineyard sees plenty of fog from the bay. The wines are fragrant, with complex texture and great acidity.
Press & Reviews
The 2017 Zinfandel Mead Ranch has a deep ruby-purple color and very spicy, Syrah-like nose of cracked black pepper, smoked meats, fried herbs and herbal hints with incredibly dense, lush blue and black fruits at the core. Medium to full-bodied with savory, spicy dark fruits in the mouth, it's framed by firm, ripe tannins and just enough freshness to lift the very long, dense, savory finish. 850 cases produced.
The 2017 Zinfandel Mead Ranch is dense, powerful and full of character. Black cherry, chocolate, leather, spice and menthol give this decidedly virile, brooding Zinfandel quite a bit of complexity. Sadly, hail wiped out 70% of the production. Yields were just 0.8 tons to the acre. Even so, the 2017 is a tremendous wine. I can't wait to taste it from bottle.