2009 Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1135034 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Very tannic, in the Laurel Glen way, this young wine’s toughness is due to the estate vineyard’s mountain terroir. In years past, Laurel Glen was a cult Cabernet. They perhaps dropped the ball for a while, but this wine stages a big comeback. It’s rich and vital in black currant and mineral, with just the right touch of new oak, and it shows a sophistication not seen from the winery in years. And at this price, it’s a bargain. Drink now-2021, as it gradually softens and sweetens.  (12/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Intense, smoke- and spice-accented dark fruit and licorice scents are enlivened by a sexy floral nuance. Chewy, penetrating cherry and cassis flavors show impressive depth and power and pick up a cola note with air. Dusty tannins give grip to a long, sweet, focused finish. This cabernet, which is now made under the oversight of David Ramey, should age slowly and gracefully.  (6/2013)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 A cranberry crush of clean, juicy mountain fruit, this is mostly tannic and textural weight for now. It's built to cellar, the estate holding a long track record for finely grown, ageworthy cabernet.  (2/2013)

89 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Here is a wine that is fruity, fairly complex and finely balanced, and it proves that Cabernet richness can be had without giving in to runaway ripeness. It is a bit tight in structure and yet is still nicely polished and its varied elements of currants, sweet soils, toast and a bare touch of smoke are constant players in its long and well-focused flavors. It does get fairly phenolic in the latter going, and it will need some time to rest, but it never becomes unduly coarse and will continue to grow for another half-dozen or more years.  (12/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Bordeaux-like, with measured ripeness and structure, this cool climate Cabernet shows off flavors of herb, dried berry, black cherry and black licorice. Gains depth and maintains focus through the finish. Should reward short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2022. (Web Only- 2013)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).