"Blended with 10% Merlot, this wine sources grapes both from its famous estate, as well as from nearby Pickberry and Murray vineyards. It delights in luxuriously bright acidity and a jammy explosion of blackberry, chocolate, clove and tobacco, the texture roundly approachable." –Oct 2016
Beginning in 2011, they introduced organic farming practices at Laurel Glen Vineyard and upgraded pruning and trellising methods in order to improve concentration and consistency.
In order to consistently produce 2,000-3,000 cases of Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon, they have developed relationships with quality oriented neighbors on Sonoma Mountain.
Fruit spends 16 months in Tonnellerie Taransaud (30% new) and Canton Cooperage (10% new). (3800 cs)
The 2014 growing season began early, the result of a warm and dry spring. Mother Nature blessed the region with beautiful mild weather for the 3rd year in a row, leading to excellent quality grapes that were all safely in the winery before the end of September. 2014 was an unusually large harvest, a welcome change from the extremely small yield of 2013.
In addition to fruit from the estate vineyard, the 2014 vintage of Counterpoint benefits from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the venerable Pickberry Vineyard, now farmed by Ned Hill, and from Cabernet Sauvignon from the Murray Vineyard, farmed organically by Joe Votek.