Classic Laurel Glen, a Cabermet stuffed with dense, thrillingly ripe fruit, yet surrounded by dusty mountain tannins that warrant cellaring. The flavors are as intricate as a tapestry, weaving together black currants, blueberries, plums, cocoa, macaroons, spices and sweet oak. Thoroughly dry, this is great Laurel Glen. Decant now; drinkable through at least 2015.
This is the first commercial reserve wine Patrick Campbell has released in more than 20 years of winemaking, and it is indeed something special. Young and dense now, with firm tannins and acidity, and a richly explosive, meaty core of blackcurrant and cassis fruit. Completely authoritative. Campbell is at the top of his game with this marvelous, ageworthy wine…
Very tannic, in the Laurel Glen way, this young wine’s toughness is due to the estate vineyard’s mountain terroir. In years past, Laurel Glen was a cult Cabernet. They perhaps dropped the ball for a while, but this wine stages a big comeback. It’s rich and vital in black currant and mineral, with just the right touch of new oak, and it shows a sophistication not…
This is made from the winery’s estate vineyard, but from lots not included in the main blend, which costs twice as much. You’ll find plenty of tannins in this darkly colored, impressively concentrated 100% Cabernet. It’s fresh, soft and juicy in blackberry and cherry jam flavors, with a rich earthiness. Just delightful for drinking over the next four years, and a…
Owner-winemaker Patrick Campbell calls this “one of our all-time great vintages.” He’s right. Inky black, tight, young and tannic, but filled with promise, this wine needs a great deal of time, but will reward patient cellaring. Don’t touch it before, say, 2008. By that time, the massive tannins will begin to melt and allow the plush black currant flavors to shine.
High-octane mountain wine. Bone dry, with a big, refined structure that promises long life. The blackberry and cherry flavor is as rich as any Laurel Glen in memory. Bigtime tannins, too, but soft and sweet in the modern style. Drink 2006–2020.
California winemaker Patrick Campbell has been making wine in Argentina for years, and Vale La Pena, which more or less means “worth the headache,” is top-notch. The nose exudes mossy plum, black currant and fruitcake aromas, while the palate is dark, manly and best of all not overoaked. A textured, full-fruit Malbec that’s complex, lush and exciting. Drink now…
Hard tannins, dryness and oakiness are the three horsemen that mark this young, vital Cabernet. Is it ageworthy? Absolutely. Once the fruit kicks in, which is pretty much instantly, it’s devastatingly rich and spicy in blackberries, blueberries and cassis. Clearly a cellar candidate for at least the next decade.