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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
(search item no. 62132)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Laurel Glen has built a reputation for making some of the most balanced and delicious Cabernets in California - this flagship wine from mountain grown fruit is a perfect example of how special these wines are.

The later growing season afforded a beautiful balance of acid, fruit, and tannins; in fact, the wine tastes unusually drinkable right now. The dark core extends to the rim of the glass in a firm, bright purple rim; the nose is dark and deep, with layers of ripe black berry and cassis tones below the distinctive Laurel Glen exotic spice top-notes. What is really atypical for the vineyard is the immediately smooth and silky mouthfeel: normally, Laurel Glen wines need a couple of years to achieve this level of balance. This is a lovely wine right now, but I suspect time will allow it to blossom into a wine of greater profundity. Will we be able to wait?

International Wine Cellar Barrel Sample:
"Bright ruby-purple. Extremely primary aromas of inky black cherry, lead pencil and mint. Fleshy, sweet and generous..."

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About Laurel Glen Vineyards:

Laurel Glen Vineyard, a thousand feet up the slopes of Sonoma Mountain, has long been considered one of the iconic Cabernet vineyards of California. Originally planted in the 1880’s, the present-day vineyard was developed in the 1970’s by Sonoma wine pioneer Patrick Campbell. The 1st vintage of Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was made in 1981. The vineyard’s combination of high altitude, eastern exposure, rocky soils, and small diurnal temperature swings combine to produce very distinctive wines. Despite its small production, the wine has received international acclaim for its exceptional balance, elegance and ability to age gracefully.