The 2003 Counterpoint displays a fine violet rim with a black core - typical of Laurel Glen's mountain vineyard, that presages its brightness and depth. The long and mostly cool growing season produced aromas of great finesse and complex flavors. Compared to its predecessor, the exuberant 2002, this vintage is decidedly more restrained.
Its nose is a lovely mélange of violets, dark cherries, and a haunting citrus note almost reminiscent of Malbec, which develops after the bottle has been open for a few hours. In short, it's an inviting and pretty wine with a supple, but intense, core.
Laurel Glen blends all Counterpoints to be enjoyed early, although one can also wait for this wine to develop in the bottle for a few years. This is why they select lots that display rounded tannins and bright fruit in the mouth.
This vintage is true to form. Underlying the supple tannins, however, is a density of fruit and a focused purity that recalls its aromas. The 2003 Counterpoint is fully within the Laurel Glen house style with its juicy acidity and deep core and like all Laurel Glen wines, it is made to be enjoyed with food.