Laurel Glen 2005 Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: Inky ruby color. Strikingly seductive, expressive bouquet offers kirsch, blackcurrant, raspberry and fresh floral scents. Suave and silky, offering deep but energetic red and dark fruit flavors and terrific mineral lift. Maintains its focus through the long, sappy finish. Really lovely wine, with the depth and balance to reward extending cellaring.
Laurel Glen Vineyard, a thousand feet up the slopes of Sonoma Mountain, has long been considered one of the iconic Cabernet vineyards of California. Originally planted in the 1880’s, the present-day vineyard was developed in the 1970’s by Sonoma wine pioneer Patrick Campbell. The 1st vintage of Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was made in 1981. The vineyard’s combination of high altitude, eastern exposure, rocky soils, and small diurnal temperature swings combine to produce very distinctive wines. Despite its small production, the wine has received international acclaim for its exceptional balance, elegance and ability to age gracefully.