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Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2019

Price: $125.00

Producer Corison
Country United States
Region California
Subregion Napa Valley
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2019
Sku 30592
Size 750ml
 
WA
93
V
93

Location: St. Helena, Napa Valley, California, United States

Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard: Sourced from 3 St. Helena vineyards - Sunbasket Vineyard, Grech vineyard (3 properties west of Kronos), Hayne Vineyard – Bale gravely loam soil

Vinification: Fermented in closed top stainless steel tanks, aged for 20 months (50% new)

 

Corison Winery was started by Cathy Corison, whose winemaking journey began nearly 50 years ago as a biology major at Pomona College. After obtaining a master’s degree in Enology at UC Davis, Cathay worked as a winemaker at prominent producers including Yverdon, Chappellet Vineyard in the 1980’s, and Staglin, York Creek and Long Meadow Ranch. In 1987, Corison Winery started with Cathy purchasing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from prime benchland vineyards between Rutherford and St. Helena, intent on making powerful and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon that speaks of place. These well-drained alluvial soils had a long history of producing balanced, age-worthy, world-class wines, reaching back to the late 19th century. Since then, Corison wines have become known for its consistent display of power and elegance in a more Old World style. 

 

“This wine is, in fact, an idealized version of (Cathy Corison’s) benchland cabernet sauvignon, holding on to the elegance she regularly achieves, while adding a luscious textural beauty that more often comes from bottle age. James Conley of NYC’s Keen’s Chophouse found the aroma suggested a more delicate wine than the density and extract this one carries in its “cabernet grape tannins and intriguing, lifted fruit. If someone said, ‘I love Napa, but show me what I’m missing.’ I’d say, ‘Well, try this.’” Warm and explosive in its energy, this wine carries an imprint of the benchland soils in the play of darkness and light, in the detailed tannins that make you crave another taste.” 96 pts, Josh Greene at Wine & Spirits 

 

Vinous: 93 Points

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is full of charm. It offers all of the natural intensity of the year, with bright acids that keep the flavors bright. Sweet red cherry, plum, cedar, tobacco and spice all build effortlessly. This open-knit yet classically built Cabernet is likely to offer a wide window of drinkability over the next 15-20 years. As always, Cathy Corison's Napa Valley Cabernet is a blend of three sites in St. Helena.

Wine Advocate: 93 Points

Delicate herbal shadings accent the cassis notes on the nose of Corison's 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon. It's classic Corison, balanced and concentrated without being showy or weighty, silky in feel, with a long, lingering finish and two decades of ageability.

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