Turley bottles finally slim down

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Turley bottles finally slim down

#1 Post by Nate Simon » August 1st, 2020, 1:36 am

From Tegan’s Instagram.
I’ve heard more than a few times that Dr. Turley absolutely refused to ditch his Rubenesque bottles. Don’t know what was behind the change, but I’m guessing it will be welcomed by many here.
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#2 Post by T. Williams » August 1st, 2020, 3:26 am

And wine rack companies everywhere rejoice!!!
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#3 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » August 1st, 2020, 5:18 am

Taller...
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#4 Post by Philip G » August 1st, 2020, 6:08 am

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#5 Post by Mark Morrissette » August 1st, 2020, 6:13 am

Wow!
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#6 Post by D@ve D y r 0 f f » August 1st, 2020, 8:11 am

This is indeed a welcome move.

Looks like the new bottles start with the '19s, and the upcoming release is the '18s, so another year to wait?
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#7 Post by Markus S » August 1st, 2020, 8:40 am

Finally some good news brought about by COVID!
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#8 Post by B. Buzzini » August 1st, 2020, 8:41 am

I believe they trimmed them slightly awhile ago, as the bottles from the last decade or so seem to be slimmer than the ones from the 90's early 00's? They fit in my racks...but still snuggly. Glad to see them trim them up even more...although they are an iconic shape.
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#9 Post by JeremyMullman » August 1st, 2020, 8:50 am

On behalf of zin lovers with limited storage space everywhere, thank you, Turley!!!

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#10 Post by Arvid Rosengren » August 1st, 2020, 8:54 am

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#11 Post by J. Migone » August 1st, 2020, 11:54 am

Yes! I'm soooo happy right now. Is this real?
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#12 Post by Nate Simon » August 1st, 2020, 12:27 pm

J. Migone wrote:
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Yes! I'm soooo happy right now. Is this real?
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#13 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » August 1st, 2020, 1:10 pm

Turley just got me back as a customer. Although I'm not a huge Zinfandel guy, I do enjoy many of theirs quite a bit. The old bottles were just too damn irritating, though.
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#14 Post by danupdike » August 1st, 2020, 1:13 pm

Those at retail thank you. They might actually fit amongst the other Zins!
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#15 Post by Rich K0rz€nk0 » August 1st, 2020, 1:25 pm

I rarely take issue with packaging, and I really don't here per say, however it will be nice to not have to wrestle them in to a bin. I picked up a bunch of Mead Ranch, I think they actually fought back.
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#16 Post by Bob Davis » August 1st, 2020, 1:35 pm

I've had to put them in magnum racks. Where a bin should hold 4 now only holds 3 Turleys.

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#17 Post by lleichtman » August 1st, 2020, 1:46 pm

Nate Simon wrote:
August 1st, 2020, 1:36 am
From Tegan’s Instagram.
I’ve heard more than a few times that Dr. Turley absolutely refused to ditch his Rubenesque bottles. Don’t know what was behind the change, but I’m guessing it will be welcomed by many here.
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I wish more wineries would get that message. I buy Moe Ayoub's wines and the bottles are huge and heavy. Also increases shipping costs.
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#18 Post by R. Serafin » August 1st, 2020, 1:47 pm

I've only recently found this site, so this is my first post.

Big fan of Turley (Zins in general) so a little disappointed they "conformed", but understand why. I had racks built to accommodate their bottle size, but the new look doesn't appear to be a problem for me!
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#19 Post by Nate Simon » August 1st, 2020, 1:51 pm

Interesting regarding the bottle size...I have 2 Le Cache fridges (purchased in different years). One takes the Turley bottles no problem, the other, no way I could get them in even with a crowbar.

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#20 Post by Bob C » August 1st, 2020, 7:56 pm

This is awesome—Literally just posted a couple minutes ago sarcastically that, ‘The best way to maximize shelving space is to not store any Turley’.

Looking forward to more space down the road!
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#21 Post by M!ke S. » August 2nd, 2020, 3:05 pm

Turley's are definitely space stealers in the maturing cellar! Great news!
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#22 Post by Chris Seiber » August 2nd, 2020, 11:46 pm

Sea Smoke slimmed their bottles down 5-10 years ago, while retaining the same look and general shape.

Pax went fully away from the giant bottles.

Who else has done it?

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#23 Post by Rob Herried » August 3rd, 2020, 5:45 am

Copain got smart years ago. Maybe with the 07 vintage?

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#24 Post by larry schaffer » August 3rd, 2020, 9:03 am

I'm wondering what truly is behind the move as they have been so reticent to do so in the past. Hopefully more info will come out about it. There is no doubt that at first, folks loved the distinctiveness of the bottle shape and the 'heft' of them, and my guess is that many others still do.

That said, there is no doubt that they will save on bottle costs and shipping costs themselves, that the strain those woking on the bottling line have felt in the past will be minimized, and that they will win back some who have moved on simply because of not liking the old bottles.

Kudos to them . . .
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#25 Post by Tegan Passalacqua » August 3rd, 2020, 10:27 am

Thank you for all the positive comments. The change was a long time coming. I have been working with the glass company for the last two and a half years to finalize the new bottle. The old bottle, like the new one is a custom mold and are quite pricey ~$80,000 so we wanted to make sure if we spent the money that we would achieve our goals. The two main objectives were to keep the distinct "Turley" look that Chuck House and Larry Turley created over 25 years ago, and make sure that the bottle fits in to common wine racks. It took me over two years and I can report that we are very happy with the results.
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#26 Post by Drew Goin » August 3rd, 2020, 10:33 am

Wow, I had no idea Chuck House had collaborated on the original bottle design!

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#27 Post by larry schaffer » August 3rd, 2020, 10:34 am

Tegan,

Thanks so much for jumping on and sharing the real facts behind the change. And congratulations for achieving what you did - there are a lot of happy folks out there because of these changes!

Cheers!
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#28 Post by Chris Seiber » August 3rd, 2020, 12:52 pm

larry schaffer wrote:
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Tegan,

Thanks so much for jumping on and sharing the real facts behind the change. And congratulations for achieving what you did - there are a lot of happy folks out there because of these changes!

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#29 Post by Gabe Berk » August 3rd, 2020, 1:43 pm

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#30 Post by Sean_S » August 3rd, 2020, 2:05 pm

Awesome, Litterally stopped buying Turley because of this.
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#31 Post by M@tt G. » August 3rd, 2020, 3:06 pm

I didn't stop buying but definitely limited buying to what will fit in certain designated areas. There is only so much space where the old bottles would fit without sacrificing too much cellar capacity as a consequence of the shape. Glad to see this changing also.
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