2010 Turley "The Label" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1114820 89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 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. (ST)  (5/2012)

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. (AG)  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

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 1960s 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.

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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.


- 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.
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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.