“Today, Cornell is one of the most exciting and dynamic estate wineries in northern California.”
—Antonio Galloni, VINOUS
Cornell Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
The Cornell Estate in the Mayacamas Range just west of the Spring Mountain District is a microcosm of almost absurd geological diversity. Derived from ancient sea beds and volcanoes, the colorful soils are comprised of volcanic rock, sandstone, shale, cobblestone and loamy clay. This diversity and the rolling terrain led to the identification of 20 distinct blocks, each bearing a different combination of variety, clone and rootstock. For optimal blending potential, all five classic red Bordeaux varieties are present in the vineyard which is under the meticulous care of our dedicated, resident team.
The Chardonnay pays tribute to the viticultural area we are fortunate to call home, and is made with the same exacting standards we uphold for Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine unveils yet another medium for expressing our winemaking sensibility, one that dances between pleasure and principle. Guiding this wine from vine to bottle is an exercise in stillness, with the goal of allowing the fruit to speak. The result is a wine full of life and energy, that attests to our team’s faithful commitment to the grape and respect for the land.
Courtship Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Getting to know a vineyard is a romance. Our mountain estate was established in 2001, followed by redevelopment of select blocks eleven years later. A new bond was forged between the land and these young vines. Courtship is a sophisticated, vibrant expression of Cabernet Sauvignon grown on property, rigorously selected and complete in its own right. Courtship is evidence that, farmed with care, a vineyard at any stage can offer wines of beauty and meaning.