2014 Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1283641 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Sizable oak presents itself in this wine, before more delicate nuances of cedar, pencil shavings and firm, integrated tannin make themselves known. Full bodied and robustly built, this wine also has balance, offering a cooler climate sensibility to the fruit and savory touches. Enjoy best 2024-2030. Cellar Selection.  (9/2017)

92 points James Suckling

 A soft and velvety red with plum, chocolate and almond character. Full-bodied, round and friendly in a slightly old-school style. Hints of tobacco and fresh herbs. Drink now. Why wait? Yum.  (1/2017)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Combining silken richness and restraint, this wine is based on Turnbull’s estate vineyards on the east side of Oakville. It’s layered in darkness, with oak char, plump black fruit and tannins that have the fatness of black mushrooms. Cellar it to let the detail emerge.  (6/2017)

K&L Notes

Made from all estate fruit from the Fortuna, Leopoldina, and Amoenus Vineyards, this Napa Valley Cab is a great introduction to the Turnbull Winery. Robert Parker, who did not review this cuvee but scored everything from Turnbull's 2014s in the mid-to-high 90s, noted that "these are some of the most compelling wines being made in Northern California. Readers should take that to heart."

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2017 | Send Email
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Selecting the correct Napa Cab out of the long lineup in our stores can be about as daunting a task as those menacing scenes in crime movies where witnesses try to pick the right suspect, going from face to face, agonizing, hoping for subtle tics or nervous giveaways. Well, fortunately our wines are not nearly as furtive and have pretty solid alibis, not to mention pedigrees. And given the opportunity, they're ready to spill everything! This irresistible bottle can hardly resist confessing its sources, with historic home vineyards high overlooking Calistoga and spreading down in Oakville, where together they create a wine of impeccable balance, prodigious fruit and integrity. To say the least, this wine is not one of the usual suspects, but an upstanding Cabernet and a treasure to the community of those who appreciate compelling wines. Case dismissed.....

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2017 | Send Email
Crafted from estate fruit from the Turnbull Vineyards in Oakville, this beautifully structured and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best. With a rich dark hue and palate, this wine shows perfumed aromas and flavors of tamarind, dried rose petal, ripe plum and black cherry, black pepper and vanilla. The liberal use of new French oak is evident in the intensity of the bouquet, but the real star is the fruit, which shows bright acidity and great potential for aging.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2017 | Send Email
Made from equal parts Calistoga and Oakville fruit, this cab has everything people dish out the big bucks for in Napa: beautiful ripe dark fruit flavors of black currants, cassis, and mulberry with graphite notes and plenty of cocoa and tobacco. Tannins are powerful but silky and integrated, and the great acid gives the rich fruit a refreshing edge. This is one of the best values in the Valley!

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2017 | Send Email
This is easily one of the purest expressions of Napa Valley Cabernet on the market these days. With fruit sourced entirely from noncontinuous estate blocks ranging from the valley floor to higher elevation sites on the Oakville Bench, you've got all the components to make an outrageously delicious and location specific wine. For less than fifty bucks, this is one to go all-in on.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2017 | Send Email
Napa Cab for tonight! or later this week if you want. This wine delivers. Full bodied and rich with dark fruits that are framed with just the right amount of oak and ripe 2014 tannins. What do I mean by that? The tannins are full and present but glide across the palate. This is a wine that will age nicely but I cannot see it lasting long in your cellar because of it approachability.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2017 | Send Email
One of the truly stunning wines we tasted on our 2017 Napa trip, this dense, ripe and powerfully built Cab has it all, with massive fruit complexity and a modern and generous frame. The boisterous aromas of cut sage, boysenberry and baker’s cocoa meld wonderfully with the layered palate, chock-full of star anise, whole blueberry and the polished earth that comes so frequently from Oakville-based fruit. Add a fun finish full of vanilla-laden oak and a brighter turn of red fruit and tobacco, and this is really a steal for the price.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5