Wines From My Cellar & Others
I am fortunate to have several vintages of the Karl Lawrence Cabernets in my cellar and have enjoyed drinking them over the years. Unfortunately the winery and tasting room have closed and the last Karl Lawrence release was the 2010 vintage.
The 2007 vintage never rated very highly, with Wine Spectator scoring it at 88 points in November of 2008. But this is one of those cases where someone’s wine score didn’t really mean much (which is often true with wine scores). This was just a good all-around, drinkable wine.
The 2007 Karl Lawrence was billed as a dry red table wine and it lived up to those characteristics. I opened up the bottle and decanted it for about an hour at room temperature…my normal procedure. The wine had a rich dark color and the nose was fruity and a little smoky. The palate was fresh with a medium intensity. The mouth-feel was silky and had that puckering effect all the way through the finish. The wine was very dry and the finish seemed to linger for a long time. This wine is beginning to reach its peak and should remain drinkable for another two to three years.
This wasn’t a truly remarkable wine; however it was very pleasant and is great for sipping throughout the evening with a good book or DVD. You can still find some of the Karl Lawrence wines through internet marketers.
Have you tried the Karl Lawrence Cabernet? What are your thoughts?