Cornell Vineyards, located on the high western-facing slopes of Spring Mountain on a former stagecoach route, is home to 20 rolling acres planted nearly 20 years ago. Henry and Vanessa Cornell’s patient vision to create a world-class winegrowing estate led them to make some fascinating decisions in regard to their highly unique mountain vineyard location. Derived from ancient sea beds and volcanoes, the colorful soils here are comprised of volcanic rock sandstone, shale, cobblestone, and clay loam. This diversity and the rolling terrain led the Cornells to identify 20 distinct blocks, each bearing a different combination of variety, clone and rootstock. In order to optimize blending potential for the entire vineyard, all five classic red Bordeaux varietals are planted here.
The jagged mountain terrain and 2,000-foot altitude mean that the yields are small—merely one to two tons per acre—and the wines that are borne from these vines are deep and intense, but also graceful and elegant. This debut barrel lot is the only one of its kind and is a selection from the estate that expresses the essential nature of mountain-grown Bordeaux blends. The winemaking team of Françoise Peschon and Elizabeth Tangney is proud to present this exceptional wine that captures the diversity of the land while also being unlike any other wine they have ever released.
A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and booked within a year of receipt.