Vince Tofanelli recently poured at our Valentine’s Day Tasting and wowed many with his great wines and personality. As you might know Tofanelli grows a lot more than what he produces and Turley is one of his biggest clients! That said, the following day we conducted a bind tasting of 10 great Zins (Martinelli G&L, Biale, Bella Lily Hill, A. Rafanelli, Biale, Black Sears, Rochioli, Paradigm &Turley “Tofanelli”) Our friend from Tofanelli blew away the pack by a horse length! We tasted with 30 people, and Tofanelli received 27 FIRST place votes, so it is not a fluke!
Absolutely classic. The aromatics of this Zin burst forward, with concentrated fresh boysenberry juice and hints of raspberry sorbet. Sweet pipe tobacco and vanilla scents add complexity. Mouth-coating dark fruits kick in, laced with allspice, clove and a dash of white pepper. On entry the wine is silky and juicy, with ﬁrm tannins supporting snappy Zin fruit expression. Ultra long ﬁnish. Drink now and through 2021.
A food wine, par excellence. Lovely floral scents of wild rose and carnation combine with dusty blueberry, a vanilla-laced berry pie and yeasty dough aromas. Tar, pencil lead and a mineral component add complexity to the mouth-coating dark berry and black plum character at the wine’s core. Its elegant finish is framed by a nice bright acidity. Drink now and through 2026.