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 harmony in this wine. Following the contours of the distinctive Sonoma Mountain appellation, we were able to bring together fruit from Laurel Glen Vineyard, Pickberry Vineyards and Murray Ranch 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, but approachable enough to enjoy without long term cellaring. We are pleased to have accomplished this.
Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon beautifully reflects the pedigree and style synonymous with Laurel Glen Vineyard, while establishing itself as uniquely harmonious and approachable. 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.
Murray Ranch: 50 acres of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, also Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Sauvignon Blanc, re-developed in 2001, CCOF Certified Organic.
2014 Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2014 growing season began early, the result of a warm and dry spring. Mother Nature blessed us with beautiful mild weather for the 3rd year in a row, leading to excellent quality grapes that were all safely in the winery before the end of September. 2014 was an unusually large harvest, a welcome change from the extremely small yield of 2013.
"Blended with 10% Merlot, this wine sources grapes both from its famous estate, as well as from nearby Pickberry and Murray vineyards. It delights in luxuriously bright acidity and a jammy explosion of blackberry, chocolate, clove and tobacco, the texture roundly approachable." - 93 points, Wine Enthusiast, Best of Year 2016
"This is a cab that has great structure, firm tannins and yet it manages to be fleshy. Juicy raspberry fruit with cassis, anise and cracked black pepper in the mix. It’s a steal at this price point for the quality." - 4 Stars, The Press Democrat, Top Five Sonoma County Wines of 2016 to Try