Planted high up on Sonoma Mountain, Laurel Glen Vineyard is one of California's truly iconic sites for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. The estate was overseen by Patrick Campbell for 30 vintages before, in 2011, the torch was passed to Bettina Sichel and her team. Aside from its flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, the Counterpoint bottling provides an excellent and accessible view of Laurel Glen Vineyard's powerful nature blended with elegant and supple Merlot from Pickberry Vineyard.
What stands out about estates like Laurel Glen is their ability to produce wines of richness, concentration, and ageability without the inflated price tag you might find if the wines came from Napa Valley. While some things remained the same in 2011, like native yeast fermentations in open top fermenters, viticultural guru Phil Coturri was brought in to convert the estate vineyard from conventional to organic farming. The result is clear and the wines, particularly in the last couple of years, have never been better.
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