I can’t believe it but White Rock is approaching 25 years in business! I fondly recall their 1987 Claret, which was their second release. This vintage could have been a claret as well, but since it has 75% Cabernet (as well as 20% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot, the Laureate was born. The Vandendriesche’s have an amazing property, it is nestled on and between a few mountain slopes, this estate has been able to produce old-world-style wines from its property for nearly two decades now. I would say that the 2004 is one for the books! It exhibits powerful, dark fruit aromas and a rich, broad mouth-feel. Ripe blackberry and currant are complemented by undertones of coffee and vanilla bean. Notes of chocolate and a hint of licorice linger through a finish of lush tannins and dark plum.