2009 Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon Counterpoint

Year: 2009
Appellation: Sonoma Mountain
Country: USA - California
Wine Enthusiast: 93
The Tasting Panel: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.7%
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"This is made from the winery’s estate vineyard, but from lots not included in the main blend, which costs twice as much. You’ll find plenty of tannins in this darkly colored, impressively concentrated 100% Cabernet. It’s fresh, soft and juicy in blackberry and cherry jam flavors, with a rich earthiness. Just delightful for drinking over the next four years, and a… — S.H. (12/31/2012)" (WE)

"This garnet-purple beauty, the first effort from winemaking team Randall Watkins and consultant David Ramey, offers up dry tannins and minerality. The palate opens up to a spreading brownie cake melt-away effect along the tongue . . .Power and beauty play together in counterpoint." - Meredith May, The Tasting Panel

Winery Notes:
“The cool, mild summer of 2009 led to slow, even ripening and great flavor development. It was a nice redible vintage for wineries that harvested in September and the first half of October, and another vintage entirely for those who waited until late October. Beginning in mid-October, rain episodes and humidity resulted in challenges and potential forrot.

Fortunately, at Laurel Glen Vineyard, most of the Cabernet Sauvignon was picked at the beginning of October before any rain. 2009 Laurel Glen Counterpoint displays aromas of cherry, red currant, caramel, mineral and earth. The wine is supple and finely textured, with layers of mocha, ripe cherry, tobacco and truffle. Smooth, elegant, fresh and vibrant, this wine over-delivers.” -Randall Watkins,Winemaker