Originally planted to mixed reds by German immigrants, Laurel Glen Vineyard was replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1968 by Carmen Taylor. In 1977, Ms. Taylor sold the property to Patrick Campbell, who took cuttings from the existing Cabernet to develop the modern vineyard. Today, the 14-acre estate is farmed organically and planted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon, in particular the Laurel Glen Clone certified as unique by UC Davis.
When he was winemaker for Carmenet Winery, Laurel Glen Winemaker Randall Watkins conducted a new oak barrel trial each year to determine the best match with Cabernet Sauvignon. Taransaud was chosen almost every year. When Randall came to Laurel Glen Vineyard, he was happily surprised to find that the Cabernets were aged in his favorite Taransaud barrels.
Unsurprisingly, Randall’s favorite barrel from the excellent but tiny 2015 vintage was a Taransaud M+ thin stave tight grain barrel, which lends this 100% free run Cabernet Sauvignon from the Laurel Glen Vineyard an opulent and savory dimension.
A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and booked within a year of receipt.