Sonoma Mountain Cabernet at it's Best
Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate
Since 1968, our Sonoma Mountain estate has produced memorable Cabernet Sauvignon of the highest possible quality. With our flagship Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet, we seek to provide pure and authentic Cabernet Sauvignon to wine enthusiasts looking for a sense of place in their wines.
2015 Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Randall Watkins introduces the exceptional but very small 2015 vintage . . .
2014 Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
If there was a silver lining to the four year drought here that ended in 2016, it was the excellent conditions drought created for growing wine grapes. As in 2013 and 2012, a mild winter led to an early bud break. A warm, but not excessively hot, spring and summer left plenty of time for great flavor development in the grapes, even though harvest was again early. 2014 was one of those years that don’t come around very often in which quality and quantity were both excellent. Picking started on September 17 and ended on the 23rd, the earliest Cabernet Sauvignon harvest our winemaker Randall has seen in his 20 plus years of winemaking!
Despite drought conditions and a 6.0 magnitude earthquake on August 24, the quality of fruit was excellent.We picked 33 tons from our 14 acre estate vineyard (vs. 21 tons in 2013) and bottled 1,220 cases in July 2016.
Additionally, the vineyard earned CCOF Organic Certification in 2014, thanks to the efforts of Viticulturist Phil Coturri.
“Beautiful fragrance of sweet boysenberry and dark raspberry fruit, mineral and smoke. Hints of espresso, charred oak and baking spices. Impressive on the finish, maintaining elegance and finesse amid firm mountain tannins. Fine, long finish.” - Randall Watkins, Winemaker