Laurel Glen Vineyard Lot Series
Introducing a new Cabernet Sauvignon from Laurel Glen Vineyard. The Lot series, premiering with Lot 44 from the 2012 vintage, is our effort to connect the past to the future.
In 2011, an ambitious team led by Bettina Sichel took over Laurel Glen Vineyard from founder Patrick Campbell. The many quality-oriented improvements we’ve made have resulted in wines that preserve the nuanced layers of flavor of the past, while adding intensity and texture.
While we have no doubt that the Cabernets we’ve crafted since 2011 will age gracefully. Beginning with the 2012 vintage, Randall Watkins set out to make a wine that will have the depth and balance to reward extended cellaring and in 26 years will taste the way the 1986 does today. We selected the most structured barrels of Cabernet harvested from Laurel Glen Vineyard. In 2012, 8 barrels met our criteria.
Each vintage will be unique and thus only 2012 will be called Lot 44, a reference to the fact that 2012 marks 44 years since Cabernet Sauvignon was first planted at Laurel Glen Vineyard.
Our aim is a wine which calls to mind the depth and vitality of the finest of Patrick Campbell’s vintages, overlaid by the plushness and polish that characterizes the Randall Watkins era.
2012 Laurel Glen Vineyard Lot 44 Cabernet Sauvignon
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 44 shows more blueberry and black raspberry, along with cassis, licorice and forest floor. It is full-bodied, opulent, savory and multidimensional. Another terrific and youthful but promising wine, it should evolve for at least two decades."
- 94+ points, Robert Parker