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Turtle Creek Winery

Turtle Creek Winery Turtle Creek is a small winery located in the shadow of Boston. We presently produce about five hundred cases per year. With additional vineyard space leased from the town of Lincoln we expect to eventually grow to one thousand cases per year. Our plantings include Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and will soon include Pinot Noir, and Riesling. We also purchase fruit from California, Long Island and the Finger Lakes. There are no direct retail sales at the winery and visits are limited to occasional private tastings and tours. We announce new releases by email. If you would like to receive announcements, please send us your email address. We take orders over the telephone and can arrange free delivery in Lincoln, Concord, and Lexington for orders of one case or more. You must be at least 21 years of age to order and a verified signed release by someone at least that age will be required upon delivery.

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28 Beaver Pond Road, Lincoln, MA, US, 01773 Email:
Phone: 781-259-9976 Web:
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  2002 Cabernet Franc
This has that beautiful Franc nose and it also shows balance and structure, uncommon in many Cabernet Francs. This grape is underrated and should be part of everyone's experience. We made less of this wine than we would have liked to.
  2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
We bottled this Cab in March and held it two months before releasing it but it has evolved greatly since then. At the moment, it is still a little dissociated but all the right ingredients are there. Personally, I enjoy drinking it now but it should continue to improve.
  2002 Pinot Noir
This is our third vintage of Pinot. It continues be the challenge of each vintage. Pinot accepts very little intervention and we have learned to temper the extraction and time in barrel. This Pinot has excellent body, with structure and ample fruit.
  2002 Riesling
This is our second Riesling. It is in a classic, slightly off-dry (0.8% residual sugar) Riesling style. It is a smooth Riesling, well balanced with that distinct Riesling character. We let this age in stainless and then in bottle for almost a year before releasing it.
  2002 Zinfandel
This Zin has come together only in the last month. It is already smooth and well balanced. Some tasters think it is the best wine of our 2002 vintage.
  Cabernet Franc
This is the second vintage of Cabernet Franc grapes from the Sierra Foothills in CA and the vintage is even better than 2003. Cedar aromas, lots of fruit and excellent balance, with the acid to pair with many different foods.
  Cabernet Sauvignon
Similar to the previous vintage, but with more harmony. Nice balance of acid and fruit, smooth and rich in flavor. Our best Cab to-date.
We experimented with this Chardonnay. In an effort to see the effect of leaving Chardonnay on its lees as long as possible, we left this in barrel for ten months. As a result, it has great complexity and is relatively immune to oxidation. It also possesses abundant fruit and high acidity. An interesting, if not idiosyncratic Chardonnay.
  Pinot Noir
Fruit divided into two batches and fermented separately with D254 and BRL97 yeasts as well as different temperature profiles. This Pinot has less lactic qualities than earlier vintages. Lots of fruit and wood, beginning to meld. A big Pinot but well structured.
We tried an experiment with our Riesling this year in which we divided the juice into that which was fermented in stainless and that which used five year old french oak. We gave up on the oak and dumped it. The bottled Riesling is all stainless fermented and it is dry (0.3% RS). It has a wonderful crisp flavor and just the beginning of the classical Riesling typicity.
This is our first vintage from a new grower with and excellent hillside site in Amador County, home the the best Zins grown in California. A warm vintage, a ton of fruit as well as alcohol. Drinkable now but still evolving.


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