Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Sonoma Mountain, USA
Dry red wine, 75cl. Full bodied 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Mountain, California, USA. 14.5% ABV.
This '06 is the velvet glove without the iron fist: it is drinking very well right now, with a palate-coating texture buttressed with enough acidity to keep it from going flabby. A real cherry kirsch character, nicely moderated alcohol, and a long and aromatic finish.
Tasting notes from 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.'" 93/100 Points
Tasting notes from the Wine Enthusiast
"Hard tannins, dryness and oakiness are the three horsemen that mark this young, vital Cabernet. Is it age-worthy? Absolutely. Once the fruit kicks in, which is pretty much instantly, it’s devastatingly rich and spicy in blackberries, blueberries and cassis. Clearly a cellar candidate for at least the next decade." 92/100 Points
Producer Profile Laurel Glen
Established in 1968, this Sonoma Mountain estate vineyard focuses on producing memorable Cabernet Sauvignon. One hundred percent organic, Laurel Glen Vineyard has been made with minimal handling, using gravity flow whenever possible, and keeping all lots separate. Their winemaking philosophy is to produce structured mountain wines that are also supple, intense, fragrant and balanced. The estate of 94 hectares focuses primarily on red wines. In 2011, Bettina Sichel and her ambitious team took over the management from founder Patrick Campbell.