This is an estate wine from the 14-acre Laurel Glen Vineyard, first planted in 1968. The site has been certified organic since 2014 and is farmed by viticulturist Phil Coturri. The 2015 vintage yielded only 17 tons, versus 39 in 2014. The wine was raised in oak, 55 percent new; 780 cases were made.
The robe is limpid with only a small amount of tartrate sediment. It’s not an inky, bluish wine but instead a red-garnet wine. It yields a perfume of juniper berries, pine, cherries, and dried cranberries, and has that fresh-mountain-air quality I admire in the grape.
Texturally it’s velvety, with smoothly integrated tannins and just enough acidity. The flavors are savory, woodsy, with a balsamic touch especially at the finish, and the red fruit notes darken into black brambles and black cherry. It’s mature now with plenty of oxidative bottle bouquet; don’t hold this vintage much longer.
2015 Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Sonoma Mountain Sonoma County
14.2% ABV | $90 (sample)