Laurel Glen REDS 2002
The 2002 REDS is huge, and in any other year, it would have qualified for !ZaZin. It's intensely purple-black, exploding with aromas of exotic spices, black fruits, minerality, cocoa bean, ultra-ripe berries, and is decadently luscious. Not exactly the Laurel Glen house style, but that's what the vintage produced, so that's what we made, and I've got to say that this confirmed cabernet drinker has indulged in a number of bottles over the past several months when well spiced foods appear on the table and has enjoyed every one to the last drop!
Like the recently released 2001 Counterpoint, the 2002 REDS has an overlay of suavity and opulence that complements its deep, dark, almost rustic core. This is not accidental. We have made tremendous efforts to refine our projects on Sonoma Mountain, Mendoza, and Lodi. All REDS vineyards are under our control: we carefully monitor irrigation, crop levels, and harvest conditions. In the winery, we ferment in small batches, which preserves the integrity of the vineyards, and age the wines in 60 gallon oak barrels. Quantities produced are significantly lower than in previous years in keeping with our increasing commitment to quality.
A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.
While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.
Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.