2014 Turnbull "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from Oakville shows plenty of blackberry, cassis, graphite, licorice, an opaque purple color, sweet blue and black fruits with ripe tannin and a nice, well-delineated full-bodied mouthfeel. Like most 2014s, it is already showing plenty of charm and fruit, but this has slightly more structure than many of them and would probably benefit from several years of bottle age, and keep for 20 or more years. 92+ points. (RP)
Sweet, slightly caramelly oak plays a fairly significant role here and is a constant companion to this ample offering's black cherry fruit. Scattered accents of briary spice, mocha and loam provide plenty of varietal complexity, and, if a little stocky and tough in the late going, the wine has the essential stuffing and structure to take well to cellaring. Impatient drinkers are advised to wait for a few years, but it will not begin to hit its full stride until a half-dozen have passed.
Turnbull sources their reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the Fortuna and Leopoldina vineyards in Eastern Oakville, which prominently feature the volcanic red soils that distinguishes the Oakville terroir. The reserve bottling is a barrel selection from winemaker Peter Heitz, and the composition includes 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, 2% Malbec, and 1% Petit Verdot. From the winemaker: "An immediate pleasure of early season summer ripe strawberries, with almost ripe blackberries and red cassis. Behind the fruit, there are hints of toasted nuts, peppercorn and sandalwood. The palate starts with a narrow focus and then jets out with an impressive width, lending a very delicious and textural experience to the wine."