2019 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon
"the holistic balance this wine possesses at such a young age makes this, in my opinion, the best black label in my fifteen years as winemaker at turnbull—which I never thought I'd say after the 2017 vintage. a stunning representation that over-delivers on its legacy and flagship status as our 'best of the best' barrel offering." -peter heitz, winemaker
2019 Black Label immediately lifts with an essence of opulent cassis, dusty blackberries, ripened plum, and black tea spices. This aromatic force suddenly widens into a pure and powerful core of dark finesse. Dimpled tannins accelerate with wonderful focus and width, coating the midpalate with notes of black mulberries, crème de cassis, juniper, and graphite. This enchanting darkness carries through the marvelous finish with unparalleled beauty and clarity.
praise for 2019 black label
"This bottling is a selection of individual barrels that prove ‘dark and hedonistic,’ in winemaker Peter Heitz’s words. With dark chocolate-covered cherry leading the way, Black Label is brooding, but its nature is more sensual than temperamental. Graphite and cassis smooth out the meaty mouthfeel, bathed in spiced plum and violets. As deep and haunting as this wine is, it rises to a crescendo of brightness on the finish.”
“A barrel-selection of the vintage, this wine stuns in its dynamic of power and elegance, revealing layers of dried herb, sage and violet around a core of seamless tannin. Dark chocolate, graphite and cassis are met by an undercurrent of darker berry and oak spice, with a refined, structured finish. This will do well in the cellar; enjoy best 2029–2039.”
"The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label is built around a core of fruit from Leopoldina, with about 30% of the fruit from Fortuna. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, new leather and spice build in a potent, explosive Cabernet that hits all the right notes. In 2019, the Black Label is a real head turner. The flamboyant style offers tons of immediacy that will make the 2019 pretty hard to resist right out of the gate."
“It’s amazing how different two wines from the same sources can be when a master winemaker is putting the pieces together. This expression blends the same two vineyards as the Oakville Reserve bottling, but leans more heavily on the Leopoldina Vineyard fruit (91%) and accents with 9% Fortuna Vineyard grapes. The result is a plush, rich black fruit driven offering that shows ripe blackberry, notes of chocolate, char, currants, faint dried herbs — it's a mind bender of a wine that maintains some old school charm while presenting enough boldness to attract the new school Napa crowd. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.”
"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.”