Laurel Glen

2010 Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

California, USA
$120.00
In stock
SKU
CV-10LGVCSSM

A special allocation for Coravin, just 10 cases to sell then it's gone!

From Coravin's Resident "Wine Guy" William Rohlfing:

What a treat to taste! Laurel Glen has been making exemplary Mountain-Grown wines since their first release in 1977. There’s a trick though-it’s Sonoma Mountain, not Napa! An underappreciated locale, Sonoma Mountain is the Western slope of its more famous cousin, Spring Mountain in Napa. So, think of this little gem as the twin sister of Cain or Lokoya, but across the mountain peak in Sonoma!

I was also very pleased to see that this is a library release of the famous 2010 vintage-a vintage that asked for time in bottle, and now we have taken care of that part! Just beginning to enter the second period of life in bottle, the 2010 Laurel Glen is loaded with blackberry jam and cassis on the nose, with a first hint of graphite as well. Everything has had time to fully integrate and balance on the nose. Cooked black plums show up here as well, without seeming sweet. On the palate, the wines builds to being full bodied and spicy while still exhibiting the soft shouldered tannin structure that makes Sonoma Cabernet so beguilingly friendly. And oh so long! Flavors build and persist for almost a whole minute, and the sexy tannin texture stays around even longer.

With an original production of under 1000 cases this is an opportunity to score a special bottle that is just beginning to mature-and all the work has been done for you! We have a special allocation of a scant few cases for the connoisseur who wants to explore off the beaten path and find a true gem.

And my favorite part? This wine still has many years left in bottle! Take out your Coravin and have a taste today and follow the progression over the next few years. An adventure in a bottle!

Tasting notes:

Dark purple and opaque, bright wine. On the nose, graphite and fresh dug earth come out first, followed by cooked blackberries and plums-cooked but not confected. Spice on the palate! Spice spice spice! More of the same cooked black fruit and well integrated oak balanced by smooth shouldered, mouth filling tannins. On the second sip, crushed granite minerality and bittersweet chocolate find their way to the fore. Truly a beautifully balanced Cabernet. 

This wine is youthful but still rich with a firm structure, a dusty minerality and racy acidity that illustrate its mountain fruit heritage! This wine should age beautifully

APPELLATION: Sonoma Mountain
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
% NEW OAK: 55% New, 100% Tonnellerie Taransaud
% ALCOHOL: 14.5%
CASE PRODUCTION: 888 cases

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Laurel Glen Vineyard

Sonoma Mountain, California

VINEYARD

Laurel Glen Vineyard, a thousand feet up the slopes of Sonoma Mountain, has long been considered one of the iconic Cabernet vineyards of California. The 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 restrainvigor. They farm their small mountain vineyard organically and all vineyard work is done by hand.

VINTAGE

The 2010 summer in California was the coolest since 1998, and so veraison began very late. Some worried growers excessively removed leaves in an effort to get sunlight to the clusters. Unfortunately, their crop was then overexposed when the 105F heat wave arrived at the end of August. Fortunately there was virtually no sunburn at Laurel Glen Vineyard. Many years of farming the same vineyard means they know its strengths and quirks very well. Their grapes will always take a little longer to ripen and we have learned to wait patiently for natural flavor
development.

WINEMAKING

The wine was crafted using the traditional techniques of a 3 day cold soak followed by fermentation in small open-topped stainless steel tanks. Using a combination of pump-overs and punch-downs allows them to target the elegant skin tannin and reduce seed extraction. The
2010 Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% free run - no press wine was used in the blend.