Turley 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, USA
Turley 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa Valley, California, USA
After founding the Frog's Leap winery with business partner John Williams in 1981, then ER physician Larry Turley had taken a shining to the wines made from Zinfandel & Petite Syrah, growing particularly fond of those made from old vine vineyards. Eventually, he sold his half of Frog’s Leap to John and started Turley Wine Cellars in 1993.
Primarily focused on single-vineyard designate Zinfandel and Petite Syrah and working with old vine vineyards, Larry aimed to both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture.
Today, all of Turley's vineyards are either Certified Organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or in the process of certification, and they use all natural yeasts during fermentation. Tegan Passalacqua was hired as Head Winemaker and Vineyard Manager in 2013 and now manages over two dozen vineyards throughout California.
Farming: Certified Organic
Winemaker/Chef du Cave: Tegan Passalacqua
Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon
Terroir: This wine is pure, organically-farmed, single-vineyard estate Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Planted in 1989 on the volcanic and alluvial soils found in northern Napa Valley AVA of Saint Helena, this vineyard forms the eastern border of the Turley estate and is framed on two sides by ancient, majestic oak trees.
Vinification/Oak Usage: Native yeast fermentation. 100% French oak, of which 40% is new.
Aging:18 months in barrel
Tasting Notes: Dark ripe red fruits, black cherry and ample savory berries abound on the palate, including blueberry and boysenberry. (Fun fact: during this tasting, we learned that the humble boysenberry also calls Napa home, thanks to Rudolph Boysen in the early 20th century!) Traces of walnut shell, earth and mint leaf round out the nose of this classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is fresh and satiating, with a supple, finely velveteen texture. The tannins are ripe and well-integrated, with notes of nougat and a long, sapid finish. Drinking very well right out of the gate!
Scores: 94 Points, Vinous; 92 Points, Wine Advocate