Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
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Wine EnthusiastOwner-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.
Wine SpectatorA cellar-worthy effort. Well-balanced, if a bit rustic and rough-hewn, with a core of cedar, currant and blackberry fruit and firm, crisp tannins. This wine offers plenty of intenstity and flavor, and a little time in the bottle should help polish the gritty tannins. Best from 2003 through 2010. 648 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThis dense ruby/purple-colored 1999 reveals scents of earth, licorice, cassis, and spice. The wine is firm, structured, and medium-bodied, with austere tannin, and impressive aromatics as well as attack. If the tannin softens and the wine fleshes out, it may merit 90 points. My guess is that it will always remain somewhat austere.