Turtle Rock 2018 Plum Orchard Red, Paso Robles

Turtle Rock


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96 Points - new                                                                            
One of Paso Roble's up-and-coming Superstars. Turtle Rock  is a new label from Don Burns, assistant winemaker at SAXUM. Limited.

previous vintage 96 Points Jeb Dunnuck: 
"Coming from the Templeton Gap region (decomposed sandstone), the Turtle Rock Plum Orchard is based on 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre, 50% destemmed, brought up in 50% new 400-liter barrels. Ruby/plum-hued, it delivers a great bouquet of kirsch and black raspberry fruits intermixed with lots of spice, herbes de Provence, white pepper, and new leather. Full-bodied, beautifully pure, layered, and straight-up gorgeous, this elegant yet powerful Grenache does everything right. It actually reminds me of the Vieilles Vignes Cuvée from Clos Saint Jean in Châteauneuf du Pape....

...There are few estates in California today that are more exciting than Don Burns’ Turtle Rock
. Pulling from some of the top vineyards on the westside of Paso Robles and making the wines as Justin Smith’s Saxum estate, Burns has consistently produced some of the wines of the vintage since his first releases in 2014. As I wrote in the past, readers interested in finding the next up and coming superstar in Paso Robles need to put Don and Claudia Burns’ Turtle Rock estate at the top of their list."

The Turtle Rock Plum Orchard is a very pleasing Grenache based blend. Both the Grenache and Mataro are grown in decomposed sandstone that gives way to elegant red fruit and spice. We fermented with 50% whole cluster then aged for 22 months in 50% new French oak. This wine is handsomely full bodied but with fine, soft tannin and a lasting finish. Cases produced 188. Enjoy now until 2029."

Type: Other Reds

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