2014 Turnbull "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $85)

SKU #1275649 94 points James Suckling

 A juicy and savory Napa red showing plums, chocolate, walnuts and cedar. Full-bodied with round and chewy tannins, yet this is polished and pretty. Better in 2019.  (1/2017)

92 points 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. (RP)  (12/2016)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* 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.  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

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.

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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.