Turnbull Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
This 2009 Black Label Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from our top Estate Vineyards, Leopoldina, Amoenus and Fortuna. Restrictive volcanic soils, both red clay and white tufa types, yield a wine that is deeply concentrated, with rich minerality. Characterized by sultry dark fruit aromas and flavors of black cherry, sun ripened boysenberries and cassis—balanced by a dense layer of sweet chocolate and roasted coffee. A wine of power and finesse. Approachable in its youth but capable of extended bottle age.
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, 1% Merlot
Wine Enthusiast - "This best-of-barrels blend shows the powerful tannins and dryness that mark all of Turnbull’s 2009 Cabernets. It’s a huge wine, powerful and concentrated in blackberries, black currants and sweet dark chocolate, with notes of spices on the long, dry finish. Drink it now, with the best beef entrée you can find. It should slowly develop bottle-age characteristics"
Wine Spectator - "Elegant, stylish and firm, this shares the loamy earth and rich, fine-grained tannins of the Leopoldina bottling, with a tad more generosity. Best to cellar short term or decant."
In the Spring of 1993 California publisher, Patrick O'Dell, purchased Johnson Turnbull Vineyards and renamed the property Turnbull Wine Cellars. The remodeling and expansion of the facility has been completed. In addition, the wines have gone through change due to the inclusion of fruit from additional vineyards purchased by Patrick. Turnbull Wine Cellars has 145 acres of vineyards within the Oakville Viticultural Appellation representing the diverse range of microclimates and terroirs within this fabled grape-growing center of Napa Valley. View all Turnbull Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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