Tofanelli beats many Zins in a blind tasting!

Tofanelli Family Vineyard

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!

Tofanelli 2008 ZinfandelTofanelli 2008 Zinfandel, Napa

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.

Tofanelli 2008 Charbono, Napa Valley

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.