Laurel Glen

Laurel 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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Laurel Glen 'Counterpoint' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 - "Blended with 10% Merlot, this wine sources grapes both from its famous estate, as well as from nearby Pickberry and Murray vineyards. It delights in luxuriously bright acidity and a jammy explosion of blackberry, chocolate, clove and tobacco, the texture roundly approachable."

Laurel Glen 'Counterpoint' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 "A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Merlot, this was built to be approachable young. Grapes are sourced from an estate, organically farmed vineyard as well as two neighboring properties, Pickberry and Murray Ranch. Tobacco forms around a juiciness of blackberry and

Laurel Glen 'Counterpoint' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
"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

Laurel Glen 'Counterpoint' Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
95  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 95 "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

Laurel Glen 'Reds' 2008
 "The 2008 REDS offers a deep and broad mouthful of wine that's dark purple in color and seamless. The fruity exuberance of its zinfandel is tempered by the spiciness of the carignane, while the petite syrah adds depth and backbone. The resultant wine is both delicious and complex.  As always,

Laurel Glen 'Terra Rosa' Malbec 2008
"The wines from the north tend to be softer and fruitier, while those from the southern vineyards display dramatic color and intensity, which affords us a broad palette of flavor and texture to work with. The success of this combination is seen in the 2008 Terra Rosa, which is the darkest Terra Rosa