Turnbull Shines in Wine Advocate’s 2019 Napa Report

Posted: January 11, 2022

The 2019 growing season set the stage for another amazing vintage in Napa Valley. Generous rainfall at the start of growing season preceded a long, warm summer with few extreme heat events. Cool, foggy mornings preserved freshness and finesse in the fruit, while abundant hang time on the vines allowed for ideal color, structure, and fruit tone extraction. The result: exceptional, balanced fruit with bright acidity, ample texture, and supple tannins.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate would agree; in the magazine’s annual and highly anticipated “2019 Napa Valley Vintage Report”, Perrotti-Brown cites the “remarkable purity” of Napa Valley’s 2019 Vintage wines, “which are not overripe nor underripe but beautifully expressed.” Perrotti-Brown praises the “high-quality” 2019 Napa Valley wines, which are “of a classic, ripe, plush and beautifully expressive style,” concluding: “this is a vintage that is going to make a lot of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon lovers, in particular, very happy.”

We are delighted to see our 2019 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 2019 Vintage wines below. Stay tuned for updates on the gradual release of these beauties—in the meantime, we have a couple of these ’19’s as well as several celebrated ’18’s available for purchase online or by phone, 707-963-5839.

2019 Turnbull Pierra Cabernet Sauvignon – 96 Points: Classic; a great wine

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Pierra bursts with profound crème de cassis, baked plums and Morello cherries scents, followed by compelling wafts of dried Provence herbs, cedar chest, truffles and black olives, plus a fragrant touch of violets. The medium to full-bodied palate quakes with latent energy, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and savory. Give it a good 3-5 years in the cellar and drink it over the next 20 years+.”

for members only, releasing in 2023. 2018 vintage release coming january 2022.

 

2019 Turnbull Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 Points: Outstanding; a wine of superior character and style. 

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label needs swirling to reveal notes of blackcurrant jelly, blackberry preserves and boysenberries, plus hints of cedar, lilacs, unsmoked cigars and crushed rocks. The medium to full-bodied palate is delicately styled and refreshing, featuring elegant layers and a long and mineral-laced finish.”

available for purchase here.

 

2019 Turnbull Fortuna Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 Points: Outstanding. 

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Fortuna Vineyard has an earthy nose of tilled soil, underbrush and mossy tree bark over a blackcurrant and black cherry core with a fragrant waft of lavender. Tightly knit with fine-grained tannins and lively fruit, the palate is medium to full-bodied, finishing on a lingering mineral note.”

slated for release in 2022. 2018 vintage available here.

 

2019 Turnbull Amoenus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 93 Points: Outstanding.

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Amoenus Vineyard opens with fragrant notes of candied violets, dark chocolate and tilled soil over notions of warm cassis and stewed plums plus a waft of cloves. Full-bodied, firm and richly fruited, it delivers lovely purity and great length.”

for members only, releasing in 2023.

 

2019 Turnbull Leopoldina Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 92 Points: Outstanding. 

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Leopoldina Vineyard reveals hints of wild sage and dusty soil over core of blackcurrant pastilles, boysenberries and Morello cherries, plus a suggestion of Sichuan pepper. Medium-bodied, delicately crafted and with a refreshing line, it shimmers with loads of red berry sparks and an earthy finish.”

slated for release in 2022. 2018 vintage available here.

 

2019 Turnbull Leopoldina Vineyard Lagrein – 91 Points: Outstanding.

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Lagrein Leopoldina Vineyard sings of fresh black and red plums, juicy blackberries and mulberries with hints of dried herbs, damp soil and black truffles. Medium-bodied and refreshing, with ripe, fine-grained tannins and lots of crunchy black fruits, it finishes on a lingering peppery note.”

for members only, releasing in spring 2022.

 

2019 Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 91 Points: Outstanding.

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon gives up earthy notes of charcoal, damp earth and wild fungi over a cassis and Black Forest cake core, plus a touch of dried herbs. The medium to full-bodied palate is packed with black fruits, supported by a grainy texture and finishing fruity.”

available in wine shops and restaurants near you.

 

2019 Turnbull Oakville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – 90 Points: Outstanding.

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve gallops out of the glass with earthy notes of tar, tobacco leaf and fertile loam over a core of warm cassis and mulberries, with a waft of licorice. Medium to full-bodied, firm and sturdy in the mouth, it offers just enough freshness and a savory finish.”

available for purchase here.