Laurel Glen Vineyard

Clos Erasmus

Laurel Priorat Garnacha Blend 2021

This is a stunning Garnatxa blend from Priorat (Catalonia), Spain!!

It’s comprised of mostly Garnatxa (Grenache), along with Syrah, and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from three parcels in the sun-soaked village of Gratallops, where Daphne Glorian purchased her first vineyard – Clos Escales – back in 1989 when she founded Clos i Terraces. 🍇

In making this move, she joined equally passionate and pioneering winemakers Álvaro Palacios (L’Ermita) and René Barbier (Clos Mogador) in a rebirth of production practices in the region; as a group (with other similar-minded producers) they altered the trajectory of Priorat’s profile as a source of tip top quality wines rivaling the best on the world stage. 👏🏻

Priorat is one of only two regions carrying the “DOCa” / “DOQ” quality designation (the other is Rioja), subject to various stipulations including regular auditing by a tasting panel. ✅

This particular wine is “Laurel” which is Clos i Terraces’s second wine, next to Clos Erasmus, one of Priorat’s finest and most sought-after wines. Yet it tastes like a flagship wine in and of itself.🫶🏻🫶🏻

It is absolutely beautiful, with a medium ruby hue, medium (+) intensity of ripe and fresh strawberry, red cherry, red plum, violet, black licorice, fennel, clove, baking spice aromas and flavors. It’s dry, with medium(+) acidity, a medium(+) body, high alcohol (14% ABV), and medium tannins that are fine-grained. 😆

This wine vinified and aged in a combination of vessels, including, large oak vats, concrete tanks, second and third fill French oak barrels, and clay amphorae, lending to its texture and complexity.👌🏻👌🏻
— 21 hours ago

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I love the direction that Daphne has taken Laurel and I think they need years to really show their full story. Personally, I refuse to refer to it as a “second wine” because it’s really its own expression of Gratallops.
Vanessa

Vanessa

@Jay Kline I cannot disagree with anything you’ve said. I will however say that despite this wine’s capacity to age, it is drinking well now, in its youth. After decanting, it already showcased complexity marked by a pristine red fruit expression that may not be the same in another 5 - 10+ yrs and that was absolutely lovely to taste. In that sense, we wouldn’t write off tasting it in its youth, as well as with age, to experience its depth of character over its lifespan!

Trail Marker Wine Co.

Mokelumne Glen Lodi Blaufränkisch 2021

Interesting wine. Almost a raspberry jam flavor without being sugary. — a year ago

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Jolie-Laide Wines

Glen Oaks Vineyard Pinot Gris 2020

Unique bronze/pink hue, tangerine, melon, citrus, complex ⚡️😋🥳 — 3 years ago

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Glen Carlou

Paarl Chardonnay 2020

Fruit forward, but with nice butter and oak notes. Good with BBQ, but the oakiness can be overpowered by the food. — 14 days ago

Laurel Glen Vineyard

Sonoma Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

Really? Wow. At 26 years old, not only hanging in there… but highly enjoyable. The mustiness had to blow off for a while, and then it hit its stride. Some toasty fruit remains in front of a long finish. cheers to ending 2023. …. Still going. Finish still going…. Going… — 6 months ago

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Scott@Mister A’s-San Diego

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Patrick Campbell "got it." Only Cabernet Sauvignon from ANY producer with the word "Sonoma" on the label that I've ever had that absolutely kicked ass and took names. Can still taste the 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994. The new version of Laurel Glen Cab is a far cry from what it used to be. Lucky you got a fleeting glimpse of a great vintage from an excellent property under the guidance of a supremely underrated winemaker. Happy New Year!

Wind Gap Wines

Luna Matta & Glen Rose Vineyards Nebbiolo 2006

My last bottle from the defunct yet memorable winery.

Smells so delicious, like a fruit yogurt

This drinks like it is fresh, with blackberry bramble, subtle and unique red fruits tucked behind the leather ones.
Tannins are still very gripping, and the acidity tames it back. A touch of heat and its off to the races!
— a year ago

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Trixie

Trixie

You probably wanted to hang on if the winery is no more. Cheers!🍷

Galen Glen

Stone Cellar Grüner Veltliner

Ah Gruner.

Nice clear pale yellow.

Melon, mineral, tropical fruits, pineapple, and a bit of petrol.

Slight slight effervescent quality. Great, solid expression of gruner. Chalky, loamy, pineapple, and limestone.
— 3 months ago

romo

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GV from PA? 🤔
S.S. Mandani

S.S. Mandani

@romo i know right, solid

Laurel Glen

Cabernet Sauvignon 1985

Shows a little of the bell pepper aromas that I often found in older Sonoma Cabs, but nicely balanced fruit that is still quite youthful, tannins have mostly receded, drinking quite well tonight, bravo Patrick for making this gem!! — 8 months ago

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Glen Carlou

Paarl Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Medium-deep ruby color.
Aromas of dark fruit.
Dry. Flavors of black fruit, raspberry, cinnamon, oak spice. Rich, velvety tannins.

Intensity: 4/5
Complexity: 3/5
Balance: 4/5
Finish: 4/5
— 9 months ago

Glen Manor Vineyards

Hodder Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

So not much has changed in 3 yrs since first trying this in the tasting room. The profile is lean and linear. 69 CS 16 Merlot and the rest PV. This clearly the weakest build of Jeff’s run of left bank builds. The 2014 was classic, so not huge numbers for the CS. THE TEXTURE IS LOVELY though. ;) 90+ for sure, keeping the streak ALIVE!! — 3 years ago