2009 Laurel Glen "Counterpoint" Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
*Editors' Choice* This is made from the winery’s estate vineyard, but from lots not included in the main blend, which costs twice as much. You’ll find plenty of tannins in this darkly colored, impressively concentrated 100% Cabernet. It’s fresh, soft and juicy in blackberry and cherry jam flavors, with a rich earthiness. Just delightful for drinking over the next four years, and a great value.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby. Ripe cherry and cassis on the nose and palate, with a smoky nuance adding complexity. Sappy and open-knit, with very good finishing clarity and gentle tannic grip. Very approachable now but also has the balance to age.
*One Star* Heading off in a much different direction than its companion bottling above, Laurel Glen's Counterpoint is a fairly rounded, ripe and obvious medium-full-bodied working whose emphasis is on straightforward fruit. It picks up just enough back-palate coarseness to argue for a couple of years in the bottle, but it does not cry out for long aging and will be enjoyable after only a minimal wait.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Laurel Glen's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Counterpoint is an attractive, juicy wine with good near-term appeal. Juicy, expressive and radiant, the 2009 wraps around the palate with dark red cherries, plums, sweet spices and flowers. I would prefer to drink the 2009 over the next few years, while the fruit retains its vibrancy. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017.