2018 Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
"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." - 93 points - Wine Enthusiast
"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.: - 91 points - Wine Spectator
Awarded a Double Gold Medal and 96 points at the2021 San Francisco International Wine Competition