High Praise from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate on our 2016 Vintage Wines
Posted: February 15, 2019
Remembered for its early start and celebrated for the ideal weather conditions that persisted throughout, 2016 marks another exceptional vintage for the Napa Valley.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate would agree; in the magazine’s annual and highly anticipated Napa Valley Report, Perrotti-Brown celebrates the consistency of Napa Valley’s 2016 Vintage wines. Perrotti-Brown cites the best characteristic of the ’16’s as “a kind of effortlessness about the wines,” especially the 2016 red wines, which “…possess beautifully soft, ripe tannins and taut, muscular (but not skinny) fruit with compelling tension.”
We are delighted to see our 2016 Vintage wines shine in this report, each exhibitive of the very qualities Perrotti-Brown praises.
“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.”
You can read Lisa Perrotti-Brown’s full reviews of Turnbull’s 2016 Vintage wines below. Stay tuned for updates on the gradual release of these beauties – in the meantime, our equally celebrated 2015 Vintage wines are available for purchase online or by phone, 707-965-5839.
Praise for 2016 Turnbull Wines by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Leopoldina Vineyard offers a stunning nose of roses, violets and kirsch over a core of cassis, dark chocolate, cigar box and forest floor with a waft of wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied and laden with tightly would black fruit and floral layers, it has a solid line of ripe, grainy tannins and a very long, vivacious finish.”
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Fortuna Vineyard is a little youthfully mute, slowly unfurling to reveal fresh black cherries, blackcurrants and wild blueberries with wafts of underbrush, new leather, cinnamon stick and cloves plus a touch of mossy bark. Medium to full-bodied, wonderfully elegant and sophisticated in the mouth, it has a solid backbone of grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with great poise.”
“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Amoenus Vineyard has a deep garnet-purple color and opens with profound baked blackberries, plum preserves and crème de cassis notes giving way to nuances of Chinese five spice, smoked meats, sautéed herbs and tilled black soil. Full-bodied, rich and powerfully fruited in the mouth, it has a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness to lift the hedonistic fruit to a long finish.”
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve features vibrant blackcurrants, black cherries and redcurrants scents with nuances of cedar chest, pencil lead, lavender and bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is elegantly crafted with plush tannins and bags of black and red fruit layers, finishing on a savory note.”
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label opens with a beautiful perfume of red roses, black tea, menthol and fragrant earth scents over a core of cassis, warm plums and kirsch plus wafts of cedar and truffles. The palate is medium to full-bodied with exquisitely ripe, fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness lifting the bright, vivacious fruit layers to a long, perfumed finish.”
2016 Turnbull Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Pierra – 96+ points
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Pierra is a little broody to begin, unfurling to reveal gorgeous Black Forest cake, warm cassis, dried mulberries and preserved plums scents with touches of Indian spices, lavender, black olives, unsmoked cigars and fertile loam plus a waft of cardamom. The full-bodied palate packs in the black fruit and exotic spice layers, framed by very firm, very ripe tannins and finishing on a compelling earthy note.”