Wine Advocate 88 points - Laurel Glen’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Counterpoint is an attractive, juicy wine with good near-term appeal. Juicy, expressive and radiant, the 2009 wraps around the palate with dark red cherries, plums, sweet spices and flowers. I would prefer to drink the 2009 over the next few years, while the fruit retains its vibrancy. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017. (Apr 2013)
Counterpoint is comprised of lots from the vineyard which display more forward fruit and softer tannins, resulting in a wine meant to be enjoyed at the time of release. Since final lot selections are not determined until the second year of barrel aging, Counterpoint is vinified using the same practices as Laurel Glen Vineyard.
|Wine maker notes
|The cool, mild summer of 2009 led to slow, even ripening and great flavor development. It was an incredible vintage for wineries that harvested in September and the first half of October, and another vintage entirely for those who waited until late October. Beginning in mid-October, rain episodes and humidity resulted in challenges and potential for rot. Fortunately, at Laurel Glen Vineyard, most of the Cabernet Sauvignon was picked at the beginning of October before any rain.
2009 Laurel Glen Counterpoint displays aromas of cherry, red currant, caramel, mineral and earth. The wine is supple and finely textured, with layers of mocha, ripe cherry, tobacco and truffle. Smooth, elegant, fresh and vibrant, this wine over-delivers.