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Sonoma Mountain winery changes ownership
Glen Ellen, California (February 28, 2011) — Laurel Glen Vineyard, a 16-acre estate set high atop the tiny Sonoma Mountain AVA, is set to undergo a revitalization guided by Bettina Sichel, who has purchased the estate from founder Patrick Campbell.
Laurel Glen Vineyard, developed in 1977 by Campbell, is planted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon and exclusively to the Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon Clone, certified by the University of California at Davis.
The estate produces two wines: Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($60) and Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon ($30).
First released in 1981 and quickly recognized as one of California’s great Cabernets, Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Under the stewardship of Sichel, Laurel Glen Vineyard will be restored to its former prominence through refinements to the vineyard and the wine. Sichel’s team includes viticulturalist Phil Coturri, who will oversee a transition to organic farming; winemaking consultant David Ramey; and winemaker David DeSante.
Sichel is a veteran of the California wine industry. During her 20-plus-year career, she has worked with some of the finest producers of Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1998, Sichel helped launch Quintessa and went on to develop its reputation and profile distribution over the next decade as director of sales and marketing.
The daughter of Peter M.F. Sichel, the man responsible for making Blue Nun a household beverage in America, Bettina is the fifth generation of the Sichel family to work in the wine business.
Campbell will remain at Laurel Glen Vineyard as a consultant and continue to produce wines from pioneer vineyards in Lodi, California and Mendoza, Argentina under his new company name: Tierra Divina Vineyards.
Sally Nicholson of International Wine Associates in Healdsburg, California (www.intlwine.com), was advisor to Campbell and initiated the sale of Laurel Glen Vineyard.
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