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 1982.
2016 Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon
After years of drought, we finally had enough rain in 2016 to recharge the soils. Due to unusually warm weather in February, bud break was in February instead of March, as is normal for us at Laurel Glen Vineyard. Bloom, berry set and veraison were all three weeks early as well. Because the growing season started early, even though harvest also started a little earlier than normal, on September 20th, there was plenty of time for complex flavor and color development in 2016.
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
Mother Nature both blessed and cursed us in 2015. The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit we harvested was of exceptional quality. We picked unusually tiny, intensely flavored berries. However, the quantity of the fruit was heart breaking. Our yield in 2015 was less than half of what we harvested in 2014.
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."
90 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: ". . . fragrant cassis, crushed plums and blueberry scents with hints of Chinese five spice, camphor and lilacs. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is filled with juicy black fruits, with a plush frame and oodles of freshness, finishing with a lively lift."