2012 Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a small cuvée of only 1,006 cases harvested October 6-15, 2012. The wine was aged in 50% new French oak. The history of the site is ancient, with vines having first been planted in the 1880s. Beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruit jump from the glass of this dense ruby/purple wine. Full-bodied and ripe with sweet tannin, terrific lushness and beautiful purity and density, this is a super-strong effort from Laurel Glen. (RP)
Wine & Spirits
This is the second vintage of Laurel Glen made under the watch of the estate’s new proprietor, Bettina Sichel, who purchased the vineyard from longtime owner Patrick Campbell. The estate’s cool northern exposure, volcanic mountain soils and unique heritage selection of Cabernet Sauvignon combined to grow a 2012 with a compelling sense of balance and proportion. It feels gently ripened, fulsome and rich without sacrificing freshness, lasting on a supple saturation inflected with aromas of cassis and forest floor. It should be in perfect form after ten years in the cellar.
*One Star* Here is a Cabernet that manages to be both moderately tannic and surprisingly polished at one and the same time, and, while never a wine of extravagance, extract and big muscles, its careful combination of keen, clearly defined, very continuous curranty fruit and studied structure sends a sure message that it will age exceptionally well. Its recommendation comes with urgings for at least three or four years of forbearance, but it has a far longer lifeline than that.
Strikes a nice balance between intense fruit, structured tannins and a charming rustic edge, showing a savory crushed rock earthiness. Ends with a burst of blackberry and currant. (JL)