Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
2011 Laurel Glen Counterpoint is filled with scents of tobacco, cherry, herbs and caramel. Silky concentration and ripe red fruit is complicated with spicy oak, olive tapenade and earth. The wine has great freshness and depth, focused minerality and tannins that are firm, round and delicious.
Wine & Spirits - "Patrick Campbell sold Laurel Glen to Bettina Sichel after the 2010 vintage. Sichel brought on winemaker Randall Watkins to manage the cellar, and viticulturist Phil Coturri Phil Coturri to introduce organic farming practices to the estate’s sunny plateau on the volcanic eastern flank of Sonoma Mountain. Their first season, 2011, was cool and late—they finished harvest on November 1, and yields on the property averaged around 2 tons per acre. In blending Counterpoint, Watkins selected lots with comparatively soft tannins and fresh, approachable fruit. While this may be a "second wine," it’s in beautiful form in 2011. The cool year comes through as a green edge that feels fresh, the scent of the wine suggesting California hillsides—bay, madrone and redwood. There’s mouthwatering firmness to the tannins, the wine’s structure carrying a mineral sparkle while a beam of black currant shines through the middle, growing brighter with a day or two of air. This is a dynamic and expressive California cabernet. Given the wine's humble price tag and aging potential, laying down a case seems like a great idea. (1,482 cases)"
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. View all Laurel Glen Vineyards Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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