An Iconic California Winery Making Cabernet Sauvignon For Over 40 Years
An authentic voice and the library stock to back it up.
You can experience Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon vintages spanning over a decade. Enjoy a selection of bottles with a library tasting of rare wines on your next visit to Sonoma County, California. A unique opportunity to learn from vintages past.
Laurel Glen Vineyard has been much celebrated for their historic contribution to the development of California wine. To truly call oneself ‘iconic’ an icon must point beyond itself to something larger, and that ‘something’ for Laurel Glen, is Sonoma Mountain.
The mountain is a prominent landform in Sonoma County Wine Country with a peak at 2,473 feet. Laurel Glen Vineyard, originally planted by German immigrants at the end of the 19th century, ranges from an elevation of 850 to 1,000 feet.
14 acres of vines formulate the current vineyard landscape. Re-planted in 1968 to Cabernet Sauvignon with one remaining row of grapes planted in the 1880’s still producing fruit today.
The vineyard also possesses its own unique clone. A clone that was certified by the University of California at Davis.
These wines age gracefully and a significant amount of bottles are cellared each vintage for later release, a great way to illustrate how much better the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal can get with time. The Laurel Glen brand enhances the development of the Sonoma wine growing region with its rich history. Truly an iconic mountain top wine brand.
After over 40 years of wine grape growing, Laurel Glen Vineyard has proven its value, an icon that has been appreciated by both connoisseurs and amateurs alike. It is not only serious wine drinkers who know about the quality of mountain top wine but Californians generally. Mountain top wine is labeled as powerful, authentic and authoritative in the eyes of Cabernet aficionados as well.
Present-day Laurel Glen Vineyard was developed by Sonoma wine pioneer Patrick Campbell. The vineyard’s mountain terroir creates memorable wines, rooted in a sense of place. The LGV Cabernet Sauvignon is more refined than many California mountain Cabs.
Sonoma Mountain gives its name to the Sonoma Mountain AVA, one of the smallest in Sonoma County at approximately 667 vineyard acres.
A truly special place.
The Laurel Glen Vineyard is planted on the eastern slopes of Sonoma Mountain which are more suitable for growing Cabernet. The peak of Sonoma Mountain defines part of the boundary of the Sonoma Coast AVA, another well known wine region.
Laurel Glen offers library flights in the tasting room located near the bottom of Sonoma Mountain in the small town of Glen Ellen, California. This is where famous writer/adventurer Jack London also made his home. A State Historic Park was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963 under Jack London’s name, located right down the mountain from where Laurel Glen’s tasting room currently sits. Fun fact: Twenty-two new exhibits were recently opened at the House of Happy Walls Museum at Jack London State Park.
One can sample a selection of perfectly stored Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon vintages chosen from the extensive wine library on a visit to the tasting room. Cabernet Sauvignon spanning at least a decade will be tasted during this rare wine experience.
An iconic wine brand should reflect the recognition of a place or a product, something co-created by the brand owners, the location and their fans. Laurel Glen Vineyard offers just that.
Cabernet Sauvignon lovers should take note.
There is a story to be told on the mountain's behalf while tasting through the Laurel Glen Vineyard library. And to represent that story, there are the wines themselves. Drawing on the power of the terroir and the people who tend these vines throughout the 40+ years.
The vineyard is now certified organic with CCOF, pruning and trellising practices upgraded to emphasize greater concentration and consistency of ripening. More care is also being taken to sort the fruit at harvest by both cluster and individual berry.
What hasn’t changed at Laurel Glen is a commitment to expressing a sense of place in the wines through gentle treatment of the fruit in the cellar. An iconic California Cabernet Sauvignon indeed… showing visitors the mountains nuanced layers of flavor of the past… the elevation as a supreme expression of a particular type of California Cabernet.
Laurel Glen Vineyard is a pioneer of this particular mountain and the surrounding wine region that it belongs in. The imaginative mapping of the wine experience itself atop Sonoma Mountain.
In the tasting room, visitors are educated in how to cellar and store the bottles, to conserve the wine, promoting the connoisseurship as a art. An art form to be directly and materially experienced and appreciated.
Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon shows more refined mountain flavor profiles along with an opulence sought out by Cabernet lovers everywhere. During a vertical tasting, one can investigate and evaluate Sonoma Mountain in the glass.It is a rare privilege.
It is also a great way to gain a better understanding of California mountain top Cabernet Sauvignon. The Laurel Glen Tasting Room is located 20 minutes North of the Sonoma Square and 40 minutes Northwest of downtown Napa.