2012 Laurel Glen Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1249813 95 points 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)  (3/2016)

93 points 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.  (4/2016)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *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.  (12/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (3/2016)

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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.
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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.
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California

- 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).