2010 Turley Wine Cellars "The Label" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(14.2% alcohol; from 22-year-old organically farmed vines planted next to the Turley property on Highway 29, north of St. Helena): Cassis, black cherry and violet on the nose. Supple, creamy and sweet, with good inner-mouth aromatic quality to the flavors of blackberry, blueberry, licorice pastille and violet. Really berry-driven cabernet but not especially complex. Finishes with edgy, slightly drying tannins and a hint of dark chocolate.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Turley’s first Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 The Label, is a simple, juicy wine loaded with fruit. Black cherries, chocolate, mocha, cloves and spices all jump from the glass in an up-front, fruit-driven wine meant for near-term drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016.
From 20+ year old vines in a single, organically farmed vineyard that recently became part of the Turley Estate in St Helena, "The Label" pays homage to old school Napa Cabernet from the 60s and 70s in style, but with a modern twist. The folks at Turley "jokingly refer to this wine as the 'Mini Cooper' of Cabernet: cars started out small & light, then giant gas guzzling SUVs were all the rage, and now we're slowly but surely circling back, with an updated look & methodology." Indeed, this wine's eco-friendly, minimal, flat-bottomed glass Bordeaux bottles do make the other guys' extra tall, thick-glassed, deep-punted bottles that have become the Napa standard seem so, well, extravagant...But aging in all French oak (40% new) imparts enough creaminess and toasty spice to this Cab to keep the kids (and critics) happy, and at 14.2% ABV this is plenty ripe, packed full of black and blue fruits with pretty floral notes. Balanced and inviting, this represents a refreshing take on Napa Cabernet without veering too far off course in terms of overall flavor, accessibility and appeal.