Laurel Glen Vineyard

2016 Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon

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Appearance deep purple
Aromas blackberry, sandalwood, cocoa powder, smoke, star anise, eucalyptus
Palate black cherry, plum, creme de cassis, mocha, black truffle, bay leaf, polished tannins
Food Pairing Suggestions
This Cabernet Sauvignon deserves big, bold foods to enhance the experience. Enjoy with fattier cuts of meat; lamb, beef, pork, sausage, grilled meats, stews, and game. Dishes with black olives, black pepper, pungent herbs, and mushrooms will also compliment nicely. Strong sharp cheeses and salami make a perfect accompaniment as well. Dishes with concentrated sauces pair very well. Try with dark chocolate for a decadent dessert.

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Malbec

1505 cases
Aging Potential
Ready to enjoy now or cellar another 10+ years

92 points – “Laurel Glen has turned out a fabulous 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Counterpoint, which can be thought of as the second wine of the estate and comes from three separate Sonoma Mountain vineyards and is based on 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% each of Merlot and Malbec, raised in 30% new French oak. Lots of red currants, black cherries, dried flowers, bouquet garni, and tobacco leaf notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, rounded, beautiful wine that has upfront appeal yet the balance and class to evolve for 15+ years.” – Jeb Dunnuck (6/14/2019)

Cabernet Sauvignon - Laurel Glen Estate Vineyard, Merlot - Pickberry Vineyard, Malbec - Oak Glen Vineyard
About The Vineyard

Beginning in 2011, Laurel Glen introduced organic farming practices at their estate vineyard and upgraded pruning and trellising methods in order to improve concentration and more consistent ripening. The changes they’ve made in the vineyard have increased the quality of the fruit they harvest. But the quantity of the fruit they harvest has decreased.

In addition to fruit from their estate vineyard, the 2016 Counterpoint benefits from Merlot from the venerable Pickberry Vineyard and, for the 1st time, Malbec from the newly replanted Oak Glen Vineyard, the winery’s immediate neighbor.

Laurel Glen Vineyard: 14 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 1st planted in 1968, CCOF Certified Organic

Pickberry Vineyards: 30 acres of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, 1st planted in 1982

Winemaker Notes

After years of drought, we finally had enough rain in 2016 to recharge the soils. Due to unusually warm weather in February, bud break was in February instead of March, as is normal for us at Laurel Glen Vineyard. Bloom, berry set and veraison were all three weeks early as well. Because the growing season started early, even though harvest also started a little earlier than normal, on September 20th, there was plenty of time for complex flavor and color development in 2016.

Aging: 20 months in 30% New Tonnellerie Taransaud, 10% New Canton Cooperage

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Laurel Glen organic vineyard


Winemaker – Randall Watkins
Viticulturist – Phil Coturri
Winemaker Randall Watkins

About the Winemaker

Winemaker Randall Watkins grew up on a vineyard in the foothills of Taylor Mountain in Sonoma County. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from UC Davis, he worked briefly for a management consulting firm in San Francisco before feeling the call of wine country. He went to work in cellars and labs in Sonoma County and in Chile, rising to assistant winemaker at S. Anderson Vineyards in Napa. Randall then returned to UC Davis for a master’s degree in enology. He went on to produce  highly regarded wines at Moon Mountain Vineyard as Winemaker and General Manager before coming to Laurel Glen Vineyard in 2011.
Laurel Glen Vineyard is celebrating many milestones in 2021! Read about the team’s achievements on The Daily Flight Blog.
About the Winery
Laurel Glen Vineyard
The Laurel Glen Vineyard is steeped in history, and even a little prestige, with records documenting a vineyard first planted in the 1880's. Replanted in 1968 to Cabernet Sauvignon vines, this is when the ideally located vineyard received its name, it is believed, after the towering Laurel trees that surround the property.
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