Laurel Glen Vineyard 2016 Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon
Laurel Glen Vineyard
Region: Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma, CA
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"The 2016 Laurel Glen Counterpoint bursts with aromas of boysenberry, strawberry, rhubarb, caramel, and sandalwood. Supple and finely textured, the wine has great freshness and depth, juicy acidity and tannins that are both firm and velvety." - Randall Watkins, Winemaker
- Color: deep purple
- Aromas: blackberry, sandalwood, cocoa powder, smoke, star anise, eucalyptus
- Palate: black cherry, plum, creme de cassis, mocha, black truffle, bay leaf, polished tannins
– Tasting notes by Cellar Angels
RegionSonoma Mountain, Sonoma, CA
Aging PotentialReady to enjoy now or cellar another 10+ years
Viticulturist - Phil Coturri
Cabernet Sauvignon - Laurel Glen Estate Vineyard
Merlot - Pickberry Vineyard
Malbec - Oak Glen Vineyard
Beginning in 2011, Laurel Glen introduced organic farming practices at their estate vineyard and upgraded pruning and trellising methods in order to improve concentration and more consistent ripening. The changes they’ve made in the vineyard have increased the quality of the fruit they harvest. But the quantity of the fruit they harvest has decreased.
In addition to fruit from their estate vineyard, the 2016 Counterpoint benefits from Merlot from the venerable Pickberry Vineyard and, for the 1st time, Malbec from the newly replanted Oak Glen Vineyard, the winery's immediate neighbor.
Laurel Glen Vineyard: 14 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 1st planted in 1968, CCOF Certified Organic
Pickberry Vineyards: 30 acres of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, 1st planted in 1982
After years of drought, we finally had enough rain in 2016 to recharge the soils. Due to unusually warm weather in February, bud break was in February instead of March, as is normal for us at Laurel Glen Vineyard. Bloom, berry set and veraison were all three weeks early as well. Because the growing season started early, even though harvest also started a little earlier than normal, on September 20th, there was plenty of time for complex flavor and color development in 2016.
Aging: 20 months in 30% New Tonnellerie Taransaud, 10% New Canton Cooperage