Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Laurel Glen Counterpoint
In music ‘counterpoint’ is the relationship between voices that are harmonically interdependent yet independent in rhythm and contour. There is no word that we could find that could better express the relationship between this wine and our flagship Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Following the contours of the distinctive Sonoma Mountain appellation, we were able to bring together Cabernet Sauvignon from Laurel Glen Vineyard and Merlot from Pickberry Vineyards to create a unique voice that expresses itself greater than the sum of its parts. The challenge was to find Sonoma Mountain fruit selections that were complex enough to engage, and yet seductively approachable. We are pleased to have accomplished this.
Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon beautifully reflects the pedigree synonymous with Laurel Glen Vineyard, while establishing itself as uniquely harmonious and stylish. For the astute buyer this wine will dress up for a special occasion and at the same time remain a dependable value that you can share (or not) in full confidence that pleasure will result from every bottle opened.
Laurel Glen Vineyard: 14 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 1st planted in 1968, CCOF Certified Organic.
Pickberry Vineyards: 30 acres of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, 1st planted in 198
2017 Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon
We had fire in our vineyard in 2017 and some fruit was picked after the fires. Randall Watkins was very creative with methods to mitigate smoke taint. One of our favorites was saving the grape skins from lots picked and pressed before the fires; pressing off some of the fruit picked after the fires immediately; discarding the skins and fermenting that juice on the skins of the pre-fire lots. We also sold a couple of hundred cases worth of 2017 as bulk wine – wine that didn’t live up to our quality standards. The result is a mere 808 cases of 2017 Counterpoint, half the usual amount, and a worthy successor to the 2016.
92 points, Wine Enthusiast: "Blended with 20% Merlot from Pickberry Vineyard, this otherwise estate wine is bright and earthy, with soft, accessible tannin and integrated oak. Smooth and velvety in cassis and cherry, it expands with bright, juicy freshness and rich dark raspberry."
2016 Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points, JebDunnuck.com: "Laurel Glen has turned out a fabulous 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Counterpoint . . . Lots of red currants, black cherries, dried flowers, bouquet garni, and tobacco leaf notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, rounded, beautiful wine that has upfront appeal yet the balance and class to evolve for 15+ years."
2015 Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine: "The 2015 is a floral celebration with earthiness driving its flavors. The fruit is ripened to the point of fatness, juicy black plum and tart-sweet blackberry flavors tasting bright and fresh . . . You'd be hard pressed to find many California cabernets of this quality for $50."