2006 Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Pre-Arrival)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky ruby. An expansive bouquet displays flamboyant dark berry compote, cherry-cola, licorice and dried rose. Palate-staining cassis and kirsch flavors are framed by silky tannins and gain an exotic candied floral quality with air. For such a deeply concentrated wine, this is strikingly lithe and precise. The finish strongly echoes the red fruit and floral notes and clings impressively. Patrick Campbell told me that he is paying much more attention to acidity these days 'because the last thing we need to worry about is getting enough sugar.'
*Cellar Selection* Hard tannins, dryness and oakiness are the three horsemen that mark this young, vital Cabernet. Is it ageworthy? Absolutely. Once the fruit kicks in, which is pretty much instantly, itís devastatingly rich and spicy in blackberries, blueberries and cassis. Clearly a cellar candidate for at least the next decade.
Defined by a loamy-clay earthiness, this is dry and savory, with dried berry, cedar and sage notes. Well-made in a tight, refined style, ending with drying tannins. Drink now through 2020. (Web Only- 2012)