2016 Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1391349 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine offers remarkable value for the quality—a stellar commingling of cranberry, cassis and black cherry. With a robust mouthfeel of plump juicy fruit, gun smoke and firm tannin, it shows integrated oak flavors and plenty of underlying acidity to remain fresh in the glass. Editors’ Choice.  (7/2019)

92 points James Suckling

 Redcurrants and red plums with a swathe of fresh, violet-like florals, leading to a palate that has a neat core of blueberry flavor and a succulent, juicy and long, fresh finish. The fruit persistence is impressive here. Drink or hold.  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Aromatics of densely brooding blackberries - seemingly right off the vine - compel the nose into deeper aromatics of dried cassis, toasted almonds, and roasted herbs. The palate reveals a dark baritone of lumpness, highlighted by tones of plum, sage, and muddled strawberries. Through the mid-palate of generous width and softness, this resonant darkness persists to a finish of focus and lasting flavor. Turnbull is rooted in the culture and history of the Napa Valley, making wine of exceptional quality in Oakville since 1979. At the core of our familyowned business is our estate-grown fruit, which we carefully tend to from dirt to bottle. We craft our wines with integrity and without compromise, and our signature is a wine defined by consistency of balance, structure, and depth."

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By: Sean Reilly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2019 | Send Email
If you're looking for a quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet, look no further than Turnbull. It's luscious, velvety, and bold. Loads of deep dark fruits and ample tannins. There are few peers at this price point. I recently tasted some Turnbull from the late '70s and early '80s and they was stunning. Grab a bottle for today and one to cellar. Slainte!
Drink from 2019 to 2036

By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2019 | Send Email
Turnbull is definitely up there as one of my favorite wineries in the Napa Valley. The winery can easily be looked past among its Disneyland neighbors along the highway 29 stretch; but if you like deeply structured, rich and well-balanced Cabs Turnbull is the place for you. It also doesn't hurt that they have the sexiest labels in the business. The 2016 Napa Valley Cab is full of blackberries, cassis, and smoky spices. While young, this wine is still approachable, soo don't be afraid to open one tonight with a hearty red meat dish!

By: Mandana Tourani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2019 | Send Email
2016 a super solid vintage in Napa! this Cab offers layers of dark fruits combined with heavy yet balanced structures. The palate reveals deep dried cassis, sage and plum. dense body and long finish with great tannin. You can drink it now and also hold on to it for at least another 10 years.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5