Cornell, “Courtship” Cabernet Sauvignon
Cornell, “Courtship” Cabernet Sauvignon

Cornell, “Courtship” Cabernet Sauvignon

California, United States 2019 (750mL)
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Cornell, “Courtship” Cabernet Sauvignon

According to owners Vanessa and Henry Cornell, today’s 2019 is a result of a two-decade-long “courtship” between them and their land which they first started developing in 2001. This marks their third limited release with deep, savory, beautifully concentrated estate-grown Cabernet placed front and center. It was aged 19 months in 53% new French oak, and, while it may go without saying, I’ll say it anyway: The wine drinks like something twice as expensive.

It garnered all the gushing critical acclaim one could ask for, thanks to its combination of immense depth and vibrant, mineral-laden energy—a Spring Mountain signature. In the glass, it displays an opaque ruby-black core moving to a magenta rim, with a kaleidoscopic fruit profile that includes lush black and blueberries, ripe red plum, cassis, and huckleberry layered with an array of savory notes—cedar, tobacco, sage, tar, and dusty earth. The tannins are incredibly fine and well-integrated and for all of the wine’s juicy concentration, it still remains taut, nuanced, and fresh. Decant it 60 minutes before serving in large Bordeaux stems or lay it down for a decade—in a perfect world, you’d do both!


Cornell, “Courtship” Cabernet Sauvignon

United States


Columbia Valley

Like many Washington wines, the “Columbia Valley” indication only tells part of the story: Columbia Valley covers a huge swath of Central
Washington, within which are a wide array of smaller AVAs (appellations).


Willamette Valley

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has become an elite winegrowing zone in record time. Pioneering vintner David Lett, of The Eyrie Vineyard, planted the first Pinot Noir in the region in 1965, soon to be followed by a cadre of forward-thinking growers who (correctly) saw their wines as America’s answer to French
Burgundies. Today, the Willamette
Valley is indeed compared favorably to Burgundy, Pinot Noir’s spiritual home. And while Pinot Noir accounts for 64% of Oregon’s vineyard plantings, there are cool-climate whites that must not be missed.


Santa Barbara

Among the unique features of Santa Barbara County appellations like Ballard Canyon (a sub-zone of the Santa Ynez Valley AVA), is that it has a cool, Pacific-influenced climate juxtaposed with the intense luminosity of a southerly
latitude (the 34th parallel). Ballard Canyon has a more north-south orientation compared to most Santa Barbara AVAs, with soils of sandy
clay/loam and limestone.


Paso Robles

Situated at an elevation of 1,600 feet, it is rooted in soils of sandy loam and falls within the Highlands District of the Paso Robles AVA.

New York

North Fork

Wine growers and producers on Long Island’s North Fork have traditionally compared their terroir to that of Bordeaux and have focused on French varieties such as Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

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