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2016 Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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94 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "This estate-grown wine is from the certified-organic site farmed by Phil Coturri. Black olive, garrigue, iron and a hint of game fill in the supple, textured core of the palate, with a velvety feel lifted by persistent acidity. This will do well over time; enjoy 2026–2030." Cellar Selection

94 Points - ". . . It sports a deep purple color as well as lots of mineral-drenched black and blue fruits along with notes of charcoal, graphite, and lead pencil. It's rich and medium-bodied, with beautiful purity of fruit and a balanced style that's going to age gracefully. It shows the purity, balance, and overall harmony of this great vintage."

Our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon: A complex, long lived and beautifully balanced expression of our organically farmed Sonoma Mountain Estate

Tasting Notes: "Aromas of boysenberry, strawberry, rhubarb, caramel, and sandalwood. Supple and finely textured, the wine has great freshness and depth, juicy acidity and tannins that are both firm and velvety." - Randall Watkins, Winemaker

Vintage Notes: After years of drought, we finally had enough rain in 2016 to recharge the soils. Due to unusually warm weather, bud break was in February instead of March, as is normal for us at Laurel Glen Vineyard. Bloom, berry set and veraison were all three weeks early as well. Bloom was followed by late spring rains which led to the vineyard setting a small crop for the second year in a row. Because the growing season started early, even though harvest also started a little earlier than normal, on September 20th, there was plenty of time for complex flavor and color development in 2016.

Vineyard Notes: Laurel Glen Vineyard faces east, above the fog line. This optimal exposure captures the first rays of morning sunlight and avoids the burning heat of late afternoon. The thin, rocky soils promote efficient drainage and restrain vigor. The vineyard earned CCOF Organic Certification in 2014, thanks to the efforts of Viticulturist Phil Coturri. In addition to developing a comprehensive schedule of cover crops, he has updated the vineyard’s trellising system and pruning practices to achieve more even ripening and concentration in the grapes.

Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Mountain
Harvest Date
September 2016
20 months in 100% French oak barrels, of which 55% is new
Bottling Date
July 2018
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Production Notes
After rigorous blind tasting, we select the richest and most complex lots of Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from each vintage. 797 Cases produced.
Food Pairing Notes
Beef, game, mushrooms, firms fleshed fish such as Salmon. We have lots of great recipes on our blog: