Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
The great vintages of Laurel Glen (1985, 86, 90, 92, 94, and 1999) have universally begun 180 days after the first sign of bud break (the average day of bud break is March 21). I discovered this, while puzzling over the fact that despite its unusually late bud break on April 12, 1999 is one of our all-time great vintages. The date of the 1999 harvest? October 12.
While Sonoma County is acclaimed—and rightfully so—for its Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and Zinfandels, it also produces exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Of the region’s 18 American Viticultural Areas, only a handful produce top-notch Cabernet Sauvignon. These appellations include Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Sonoma Valley and Dry Creek Valley. Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignons made in these appellations can offer a complex array of aromas and flavors. Fruit notes such as blackberry, blackcurrant, cassis, black cherry and raspberry often are accompanied by hints of graphite, dusty earth, cigar box, toast and vanilla. The varietal has a rich history in Sonoma, and some of these Cabernet Sauvignons and Cabernet-based blends rival the best from Napa Valley.