Laurel Glen 'Counterpoint' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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"2012 was one of the best vintages California has seen in years. The growing season was outstanding, with plenty of sunshine and no major heat spells, resulting in long hang time and excellent flavor development. All the fruit was perfectly ripe at the time of harvest, with amazing color and flavors. " ~ Winery notes

“2012 Counterpoint entices with aromas of chocolate covered cherries, vanilla and honeysuckle. The lush flavors are punctuated by blackberries, sweet ... read more
Item ID: #16212
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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"2012 was one of the best vintages California has seen in years. The growing season was outstanding, with plenty of sunshine and no major heat spells, resulting in long hang time and excellent flavor development. All the fruit was perfectly ripe at the time of harvest, with amazing color and flavors. " ~ Winery notes

“2012 Counterpoint entices with aromas of chocolate covered cherries, vanilla and honeysuckle. The lush flavors are punctuated by blackberries, sweet tobacco and an elusive floral note. The wine has beautiful concentration, depth and minerality, with a subtle, spiciness in the finish and firm, round dusty tannins.” - Randall Watkins, Winemaker

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Laurel GlenLaurel Glen Vineyard was born in 1977 when Patrick Campbell purchased a 3-acre parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon vines on top of Sonoma Mountain. He produced the first wine under the Laurel Glen label in 1981. When Bettina Sichel – the current proprietor of Laurel Glen – bought the property in 2011, the estate comprised a total of 14 acres under vine. The vineyard is broken into nine separate blocks, the oldest of which was planted in 1968 (not including the unique row that dates back to the 1880s). The red sandy soil is of volcanic origin, and the site has an east facing slope at about 1,000 feet elevation above the town of Glen Ellen. It did not take long for this unique vineyard site to gain a reputation for producing some of the best and longest lived Cabernet Sauvignon in the state.

Bettina seeks to elevate the amazing wines from this historic vineyard to new heights. She has converted all of the viticulture to strictly organic practices, and in 2014 the vineyard received CCOF organic certification. She has also hired Master Winemaker David Ramey to guide her decisions in the cellar. One of his best cellar decisions was to hire Randall Watkins as winemaker. The initial results from this new team have been spectacular, producing wines with a bit more suppleness and elegance upon release while compromising nothing in depth and complexity. The hallmarks of Cabernets from this vineyard have always been their great structure and long finishes.

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