When talk turns to the great California Cabernet producers of the 1980s and 1990s, the topic of conversation invariably turns to Napa Valley, with a geek genuflection to the Santa Crux Mountains. Generally overlooked and sometimes intentionally slighted are the wines of Sonoma County, but within the folds and peaks of Sonoma’s valleys lie some remarkable vineyards and winemakers.

While better known for Zinfandel or Pinot Noir, Sonoma County has always produced fine Cabernets and some, like Patrick Campbell’s Laurel Glen, have firmly established its reputation among winelovers as unique, age worthy examples of Cabernet that could only come from the historic Sonoma vineyards.

With the recent sale of Laurel Glen, now in the able hands of Bettina Sichel, it’s no surprise that the Laurel Glen team is on the road showing off a vertical of vintages, new and old. I was fortunate to attend one edition and the results surprised even me!