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2018 Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon
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Our most approachable Sonoma Mountain Cabernet: Stylish and Harmonious

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast - "Crisply focused in currant, dried herb and cedar, this is a classically structured red that is vibrantly approachable and ample to drink in its youth. With just 30% new French oak, it delivers forested earthiness and high-toned freshness that complement each other well for a very fair price."

91 Points - Wine Spectator - "Offers a tasty mix of gently mulled blackberry and red currant fruit flavors, laced with subtle herb and iron accents along the way. Judicious toast lets everything knit, keeping a fresh edge through the finish."

Awarded a Double Gold Medal and 96 points at the 2021 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Vintage Notes: The 2018 growing season was longer and cooler than had been the case in many years. The consistent growing conditions and milder temperatures allowed the grapes to mature slowly and evenly. Many winemakers are comparing 2018 to the much lauded 2012 vintage, due to the extended ripening time, fantastic balance and excellent concentration in the grapes. The mild weather also allowed us to take our time and pick each block as it became optimally ripe. As a result, harvest lasted almost a month, from September 27th to October 22nd. Additionally, after three years of extremely small yields, we were blessed in 2018 with the most abundant harvest since 2014.

In addition to fruit from our estate vineyard, Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon benefits from Merlot from the venerable Pickberry Vineyard, also on Sonoma Mountain. In 2018, the blend is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot.

Tasting Notes: "Lovely aromas of plum and dark rasberry. In the mouth, the wine unfolds in layers of spice and anise. The finish is fresh and bright with a focused minerality and tannins that are firm, round and delicious. ." - Randall Watkins, Winemaker

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Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Mountain
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Production Notes
We craft Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon using the same traditional techniques as our flagship Estate Cabernet. Our goal here is a wine that delivers immediate pleasure.
Food Pairing Notes
Steak, hamburgers, pasta marinara, mushrooms, firms fleshed fish such as Salmon. We have lots of great recipes ideas on our blog: