The Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak appellation is known for its unique microclimates, which are influenced by a close proximity to the ocean. Towering above the Mendocino Valley floor, the region produces highly extracted wines that also manage to retain focus and finesse. This Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception, with concentrated dark-fruit flavors that are balanced by good acidity and firm tannins. Black cherry, black plum and black currant are layered with savory notes of dried herbs and graphite. Three years in French oak barrels have brought the oak nuances to the forefront of this wine, helping to tame its firm-chewy tannins. A grilled T-bone steak would make a great companion.