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. *Cellar Selection*
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. (JR)
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.
Black garnet core with ruby edges. Star bright. Aromatics show more kitchen notes than the older vintages with spices, dark chocolate, just a hint of coffee – mixed through with rich black fruits. The aromatics carry forward with notes of dark chocolate, cassis, black plum and rich spices mixed all the way through. The spice notes persist through a mouth-watering finish. The overall character feels a touch more modern here than in the older vintages while still showing the mountain character in the wine overall. There seems to be a greater clarity of purpose to the wine here than in older vintages. That is, the older vintages are delicious, and show off the merits of the site while at the same time carrying the markers of rustic (while still clean) winemaking. Here, the wine takes on an additional level of polish and intentionality not seen in the older vintages. The overall mouthfeel is a bit more velvety and the overall flavour profile is also darker. Would do well with air upon opening and food to help moderate the tannin – which is not at all rough as it is fine-grained but ample. Nice balance of acidity here. 17+/20 points. (ECB)
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. (JL, Web Only-2013)
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