2018 Turnbull Cabernet Oakville Reserve
2018 Turnbull Cabernet Oakville Reserve “this bottling is the pinnacle of what oakville represents and tastes like each vintage. this is a barrel selection from the finest parcels of our estate vineyards in oakville, crafted in a classic style to speak to the truest expression of the sites we consider ourselves lucky to farm.” —peter heitz, winemaker.
Vibrant and intense, with a very pure kirsch and cassis core driving through, laced with graphite, apple wood and violet notes, all of which is kept grounded in turn by a terrific loamy note underneath. There’s a final flourish of fruit at the very end. Pretty gorgeous. Best from 2022 through 2040. 96pts WS
Turnbull is surrounded by some of Napa’s greats Nickel & Nickel, Staglin, Round Pond and Opus One. They are in the Oakville part of Napa, home to Napa greats like Harlan and Dalle Valle. They have been in Oakville for some 40 years making it one of the more established wineries in Napa. Turnbull has dramatically improved their wines with arrival of 4th generation winemaker Peter Heitz, who has been with Turnbull since 2007 and was responsible for their benchmark 2010 Turnbull Fortuna Vineyard which scored 100pts from Parker. Parker comment that quality at Turnbull has gone, “from good to world class,” And the wines at Turnbull “are some of the most compelling wines being made in Northern California. Readers should take that to heart.” I have been able to secure a small allocation of the 2018 Turnbull Cabernet Oakville Reserve
If you like the finest Cult Cabs, this is a definite buy!
. It was absent of challenges that plagued many of the previous years, ranging from drought, low yields and heatwaves”.belongs in an echelon with the finest of the past two decades, “ The 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet vintage Decanter with Jeff Owens of Stag’s Leap’s Odette saying it’s “2012 all over again.” From “near pitch perfect” has heralded the vintage as Wine SpectatorThe 2018 vintage for Napa Cabernet is a banner year, dead on identical to the famous 2012 vintage, a year that produced showy, opulent sexy wines with an impeccable ability to age.
which just got a monster 96pts by Wine Spectator and will sell out today. The wine is a blend of Turnbulls great single vineyards in Oakville like 100pt Fortuna Vineyard, Pierra and Leopoldina both making 98+pt Parker wines.