Laurel Glen found its way to my list when I realized I’d never really visited the Glen Ellen area. So, I sought out a couple of Glen Ellen wineries. Granted, Hanzell could probably qualify – maybe – I’m terrible with geography! However, Laurel Glen is the first of two that I settled on. And both of my choices appear to be very different.
When making my reservation I didn’t even realize they were a member with Grand Cru Custom Crush until I saw their logo hanging on the wall as I waited for my Flambeaux tasting earlier in this adventure. I had remembered that I had an option of a Windsor or Glen Ellen location when I made my reservation. Since I’ve already been to GCCC on this trip, I’m glad my tasting was held at the vineyard location. There’s one more GCCC member winery left on my list this trip – and I purposefully chose their second tasting location as well.
The Laurel Glen vineyard is located on the eastern slopes of Sonoma Mountain – the smallest AVA in Sonoma County with only 667 planted acres. They produce a whole lotta Cabernet Sauvignon and have been for 40 years!
The tasting here was a basic wine tasting. No frills. No fancy food. But, amazing wine that ages beautifully! I had read that you can look forward to experiencing a vertical of Cabernet Sauvignon as your tasting flight. And I was NOT disappointed! Laurel Glen purposefully sets aside a large volume of each vintage to release later after they’ve had time to age. They grow all of their own fruit except for the first wine – a Sauvignon Blanc. That fruit comes from a small family winery in Windsor. It’s delightful!
We quickly moved into their Cabs. First up was their Counterpoint label. It’s a Cab/Merlot blend that is extremely affordable and nicely rated receiving several 90+ point ratings from respectable reviewers.
Next we moved onto their 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon followed by their 2013 “barrel select” Cabernet Sauvignon. They chose 6 of their barrels of cab to put into this bottle based upon their stringent criteria for structure and and complexity. This one was called Lot 45 as it commemorates their 45th year since their Cab was first planted. This will be the only bottle ever labeled Block 45.
Finally we moved to my favorite of the day – and the one that came home with me – their 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s drinking beautifully right now. And, for a library wine, the price point is spectacular! It’s only $10 more than their current release. I’ll pay that all day long for 7 years of aging – giving me a perfectly aged Cabernet Sauvignon that is ready for drinking right now.
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