Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Turnbull Winery

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Turnbull Viognier Napa Valley (2011)
Comments: Nice pear fruit on the nose and surprisingly not terribly floral, showing nice subtlety to the pollen and honeysuckle nuances that accent the fruit along with hints of lychee and lime. Bright on entry, this is fairly rich in the mouth, with a hint of phenolic bitterness accenting the almond and light dried apricot fruit flavors. Texturally this is a bit aggressive for my palate, but it does finish with impressive length. 88 points
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2 Turnbull Cabernet Franc Napa Valley (2009)
Comments: Lovely on the nose, with layered notes of dried herbs, a bit of olive, a flat sheen of oak, and black fruit. Tight on entry, this softens up on the palate, showing dark fruit that’s not particularly rich or dense and pretty tannic, finishing with dry tannins. There is a hint of red fruit lurking here, and the finish really is quite long and balances fruit, savory and oak nicely but this remains rather firm and stern. Grill me some boar over grapevine cuttings and let’s see how this fares. I bet some age will prove beneficial. 88 points
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3 Turnbull Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (2007)
Comments: A little sweet on the nose, but rather perfumed with fresh berry fruit, pencil shavings and a bright, fine herbaceous edge. On entry this is immediately complex and deep; large-scaled and powerful, this retains a certain sense of grace nonetheless. Dusty tannins support tons of fruit that shows a savory framing edge of faint dried herbs, candied herbs, and a little mint. The tannins smooth out nicely on the finish, which is a touch short giving this a very front-loaded feel in the mouth. 90 points
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4 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Fortuna Napa Valley (2009)
Comments: Smoky with lovely sweet tobacco accents to rich black raspberry fruit that’s topped with herbal notes and hints of chamomile. This is round, broad and open in the mouth with lovely acids, nice ripe tannins and rich fruit that is mouth filling but clear. On the finish, this fades a touch quickly but then returns with an almost raspberry red fruit tone. 92 points
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5 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Amoenus Napa Valley (2009)
Comments: Sharp herbal notes and rich earth aromas greet the nose along with dark dried strawberry and black cherry notes. This is a touch softer than Fortuna up front, with lower acids but more tannins. Overall it’s a darker wine with more matte fruit, showing a bit more rustically with cocoa mocha tannins on the long, powerful finish. Today this is more impressive for potential than performance, but the rich core of tannins should smooth out with time, revealing a lovely earthy-edged core of very ripe Cabernet fruit. 92 points
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6 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Block 9 Napa Valley (2010)
Comments: Super pure blackcurrant fruits explode on the nose with hints of fine herbs, earth, licorice and a touch of burnt brownie. This is a powerful wine, and yet at the same time it has a lean, focused quality to it that makes me think of a little of Margaux. On entry, one finds jammy strawberry fruit, then real finesse on the mid-palate followed by huge follow through, with elegant and pure black fruit, blackcurrants on the finish, and a lingering hint of violets. This was a sneak peak at a possible future release, and a gorgeous one at that. 94 points
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7 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label Napa Valley (2009)
Comments: Big and powerful on the nose, with dark, figgy fruit, a bit of macerated herbs and a tight-grained oaky top note of vanilla and toast. Big, soft and powerful in the mouth, this is a very typical Napa Cabernet with a mid-palate full of creamy black cherry fruit, and packed with fine grained tannins along with cigar box, mocha and cedary spice notes that linger on the moderately long finish. It’s very well done but lacks some excitement for my palate. 90 points
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8 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Leopoldina Napa Valley (2009)
Comments: Sweet toasty oak greets the nose, along with hints of sweet licorice accenting the black cherry and blueberry fruit. Rather spicy and complex in the mouth, this is smooth and sexy up front, then tense with mineral with real complexity emerging on the mid-palate. This has tons of fruit that's not at all overbearing with well integrated oak spice, and a fairly heavy tannin load for a Turnbull wine. This is showing very well, with great aromatic spice notes on the moderately long finish, though it does need some time to shows its best. Give it 2-5 years. 93 points
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9 Turnbull Petite Sirah Napa Valley (2009)
Comments: Smoky, nutty, old oak on the nose along with a hints of lavender and white pepper that add complexity to the savory meaty richness of the fruit. On entry this is big, inky and broad in the mouth with lots of dark, earthy, very pretty purple fruit. There’s a slight floral note to the the nicely angular palate, followed by blue fruits with hints of tree bark, pepper and lingonberry popping on the rather succulent, long and very lively finish. A lovely blend of fruit and savoriness with just enough structure to be supportive today and yet allow for this to age fairly well. 92 points
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