Oakville, in Napa Valley, California, is home to Turnbull Wine Cellars. Turnbull produces two white wines and a number of red wines. The reds are primarily blends, utilizing many of the seven different varietals grown in their vineyards.
The 2008 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon was 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Syrah, 4% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Petite Sirah, and 1% Malbec. The wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 20 months. The ABV was 14.5%. There were 6600 cases of this vintage produced.
I found this wine on the list at Salt Creek Grille in Rumson, New Jersey. The restaurant’s wine list is predominantly California offerings (at one point it was exclusively California) with a very wide range of prices.
As I had not previously tasted Turnbull, I decided to give it a try.
Prior to tasting, the wine was not decanted.
The first sensations on the palate were red and black fruit, followed up by vanilla and pepper. The tannins were mellow. This was a very well made bottle of wine. Each of the varietals used added a little something with none of them overpowering the mix. That said, the overall palate was not overly complex. It was a terrific job blending by the winemaker.
I would describe the finish as medium-long, bringing tannins and a bit of pepper.
The 2008 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon cost me $88 in the restaurant. It retails right around $40. I was glad I tried it, but I would probably go with something else in the restaurant next time. This was a fine bottle of wine, but it lacked some of the qualities I look for in an Oakville Cabernet. At the $40 level retail, it is fair value. I hope you have the opportunity to taste it soon.