High Praise from the Wine Advocate on our ’15 Vintage

Posted: December 29, 2017

Part Two of The Wine Advocate’s highly anticipated Napa Valley report is out, and we are celebrating their reviews of our 2015 vintage wines.

This is the first year that The Napa Valley Report was primarily conducted by recently-appointed Editor In Chief, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, and we are humbled to be one of this year’s standout producers.

Praise from The Wine Advocate for our ’15 vintage:

2015 Turnbull Wine Cellars Oakville Cabernet Franc –  93+ points

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Franc Oakville opens with crushed blackcurrants, red plums and black cherries aromas with hints of pencil shavings and underbrush. Full-bodied and laden with red and black fruit layers, it has a fine-grained backbone and plenty of freshness, finishing long with a lovely herbal lift.”

spring 2018 release


2015 Turnbull Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Amoenus Vineyard – 94 points

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Amoenus Vineyard offers up crushed red and black plums, black currants and sawdust notes with hints of potpourri, forest floor and baking spices. Full, plush and rich, the palate is packed with spicy red and black fruits, with just enough freshness and great length.” 

spring 2018 release


2015 Turnbull Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label –  94+ points

“The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label sports a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crème de cassis, mocha and mulberries with touches of spice box, roses and black tea plus a waft of cigar box. Full-bodied and concentrated with a firm frame of grainy tannins and seamless freshness, it finishes long and layered.” 


Limited quantities available.


2015 Turnbull Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Fortuna Vineyard – 95 points

“The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Fortuna Vineyard is medium to deep garnet purple colored with a nose of red and black currants, black plums and kirsch with hints of menthol, rare beef and chargrill plus a waft of violets and bay leaves. Full-bodied with generous fruit and very fine-grained tannins plus just enough freshness, it finishes on a persistent perfumed black fruit note.”


Limited quantities available for Members Only.


2015 Turnbull Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Leopoldina Vineyard – 94 points

“The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Leopoldina Vineyard is deep purple-black in color with a nose of fresh blackcurrants and black berries with hints of dried Provence herbs, black soil and garrigue plus a waft of tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, taut and muscular in the mouth, the densely packed fruit has a firm foundation of grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing with great purity.”

spring 2018 release


2015 Turnbull Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve – 93 points

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve has a baked black cherries, black berries and wild blueberries-scented nose with hints of lavender, pencil shavings and earth plus a touch of cloves. The palate is full-bodied and bursting with black berry and earthy flavors, supported by soft, rounded tannins and finishing with a hint of pepper.”


Current release available.


2015 Turnbull Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Pierra  – 97 points

“Displaying an inky purple-black color and a nose of warm red currants and red plums with a cassis and blueberry core with wafts of underbrush, moss and cedar chest, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pierra is full-bodied and very solidly structured with firm, fine-grained tannins and a lively line cutting through the youthful, pure black and red fruits, finishing on a lingering mineral note.”

allocation for members only, fall 2018 release.


2015 has proven itself to be an outstanding vintage. Unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring, coupled with a colder-than-usual month of May, resulted in an earlier harvest and a smaller crop. This prompted what we consider to be a true winemaker’s vintage: this ripe, and small crop allowed us the opportunity and time to vinify block by block to justly capture the unique expressions and nuances of this special vintage. A showcase in the art of winemaking, these wines excite with incredible freshness and intensity, while displaying a prettiness of uncommon purity

“Our long obsession with quality and excellence in every vintage, both in our farming and winemaking, is no secret,” says Winemaker Peter Heitz. “It’s great to see the entirety of our program receive this kind of recognition.”

“We stand for producing consistently incredible wines that are of the highest quality, thanks to our estate vineyards that give us some of the most beautiful fruit in the Napa Valley,” says our second generation vintner and general manager Zoe Johns. “We’re proud to have both our longtime fans and new advocates that are seeking out our world-class, collectible wines.”