20 years ago Henry and Vanessa Cornell purchased a plot of rugged land in the Mayacamas Range just west of the Spring Mountain District where vines had been tended by early settlers. The vineyard is located at 1900 feet,which is amongst the highest in Sonoma. The property is two hundred acres, but only twenty acres are meticulously planted, leaving room for “mother nature”. Henry and Vanessa Cornell hired consulting winemaker Francoise Peschon whose winemaking portfolio includes the likes of Araujo Drinkward Peschon and Vine Hill Ranch (to name a few) and winemaker/viticulturist Elizabeth Tangney, and they have turned this property into a real gem!
Cornell 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate”
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Vinous 98 Points: “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Commitment is dazzling. Elegant, deep and wonderfully sophisticated, the 2018 is plush, deep and beautifully layered from start to finish. Black cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and spice all meld together. The tannins are present, but they are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of fruit. An extra year of oak adds textural richness while softening some of the contours that these wines can show in their youth.”
Winemaker Notes: “The 2018 growing season was a reminder of the miracle of farming. Plentiful spring rains set the stage for a striking, yet balanced wine with a strong, healthy fruit-set. With a mild summer came steady and exemplary flavor development with harvest spanning over three weeks to accommodate each block’s unique signature. A wine of tremendous clarity and energy, the 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon leads with enticing blackberry, black currant, cardamom, and violets on the nose. Cassis-hued and anchored by sleek minerality and cohesive structure, its mountain provenance is evidenced by a full spectrum profile of fresh summer cherry, dried mint, river rock, and espresso on the palate. Brimming with vitality and gravitas, this supremely balanced wine promises decades of enjoyment.”
Also check out the following wines by the same winemaker (assort for free
Heimark 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Napa Valley 97 Points
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