On the backside of Spring Mountain, just west of Vineyard 7&8 and Pride Winery, situated in Sonoma County, are 20 stunning acres of well-refined vineyards cultivated with meticulous care. Cornell Vineyards is perched between 1600 and 1900 feet. Vineyard blocks are plant-ed on various saddles, each situated above the fog line that gives the vines a jumpstart each day and at an altitude that requires long hang time well into fall. Like many of the best places to grow grapes in the world, their soils are diverse; a generous mix of prehistoric seabeds and volcanic rock to loamy clay and sandstone. The wines are produced by none other than Francoise Peschon (VHR, Accendo Cellars, Drinkward-Peschon and formerly of Araujo) and Graham Wehmeier. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon begins with a deep garnet color that leads to aromas of dark and red fruits and underlying forest floor. On the palate, blackberry and tart blueberry integrate with dark chocolate, dried sage and fresh herbs. Balance is achieved between the energy and fine tannins and the deep, powerful, age-worthy nature of this wine.