2014 Turnbull "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
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."