2018 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

$49.95
(Net Item - no discounts apply)
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This contented Turnbull encourages the drinker to pause, take a rest, and inhale those aromas of dusted blackberries and plums among the flowers. This is a story of complexity, delivered with compelling purity and a crisp, refreshing finish. No raging bull here, just a solid friend at a very tame price.

Located in the heart of the renowned Oakville appellation, Turnbull Wine Cellars may not be one of Napa Valley’s flashier wineries, but for over a quarter-century, it quietly has made some of the valley’s finest wines. First established in 1979, the winery was purchased in 1993 by present owner Patrick O’Dell. Patrick has turned up the quality dial by dramatically increasing Turnbull’s estate vineyard acreage. Today, with four superb Oakville district vineyards totaling 185 acres (including its 21-acre home vineyard) Turnbull is an exclusively estate-grown operation. Turnbull’s Oakville vineyards, encompassing a diverse array of exposures, soil types and microclimates, are planted primarily to Bordeaux and Rhône varieties. They supply the winery with the fruit for its superb batch of current releases, an enviable “spice rack” of natural resources. Winemaker Jon Engelskirger, who joined Turnbull Wine Cellars in 1998 after stints at Silverado Vineyards, Robert Pepi, and Hanna, is one of California’s consummate artisan cellar maestros, a fact readily evident upon tasting these exquisite estate-grown gems.

Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker:
Peter Heitz
Vintage:
2018
Oak Treatment:
100% French Oak barrel
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot, 1% Malbec
Alcohol %:
14.7%
SKU #:
1044387
Size:
750 ml Bottle
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Wine Enthusiast*

This is a blockbuster of a wine, especially at the price, opening in violet aromas and moderate grip. Beautiful black- and red-cherry, currant and baking-spice elements combine around a core of classic elegance and length, finishing in cigar box. The fruit is from four estate sites.

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Jeb Dunnuck

The appellation 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley would be a great buy for those looking for a terrific value in classic, impeccably made, age-worthy Cabernet under $100. Deep purple, with oustanding notes of blackcurrants, cedarwood, graphite, and leafy herbs, this medium-bodied, elegant 2018 has plenty of mid-palate depth, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. It's going to deliver loads of pleasure over the coming 15 years.

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Wine Spectator

Juicy and forward, with enticing plum, boysenberry and plum compote flavors. Light licorice threads stitch up the finish, along with a flash of sweet spice. Drink now through 2027.

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Decanter

Softer and pleasantly vegetal on the nose, Turnbull’s entry-Cabernet is perennially one of the great value propositions in the Napa Valley. Its nose is floral and displays a bevy of dark fruit character with no overt new oak usage. Finishes crisp, satisfying and refreshing. It’s hard to ask for more at this price.

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James Suckling

A rich, layered red with berries, some walnuts and spice. Full-bodied and chewy with lots of tannins now. Needs time to soften. Try after 2023.

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Wine Advocate

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple color, offering gregarious notes of baked black plums, licorice, crème de cassis and mocha plus nuances of tar and cardamom. The medium to full-bodied palate is filled with a compelling purity of black fruit flavors and lovely freshness, textured by soft, plush tannins, finishing long with an exhilarating pepper and spice burst.