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