2011 Kronos Cabernet 1.5L

2011 Kronos Cabernet 1.5L


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Long and cool, 2011 was a challenging, but ultimately rewarding vintage. Ending with a big dose of rain, this season played handily into my style, favoring an elegant and refined expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. On well-drained, gravelly benchland soils, Kronos Vineyard promotes early ripening, shining in years such as this. A scant crop of scraggly clusters with tiny berries resulted in a wine of uncommon depth and concentration.

~ Cathy Corison


Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
91  ++  Very much hewing to the subdued, firmly built style championed by its maker and adored by her fans, the 2011 Kronos gets high marks for varietal precision and unwavering focus, and it once again proves that Cabernet Sauvignon is capable of richness and wide-reaching range without needing to flex its big muscles. As is the norm, it steers clear of high ripeness and, in this vintage, shows an edge of green tea to its quietly confident, curranty fruit. Its filling fits its trim frame, and its many pieces are seamlessly joined and, while finesse rather than unbridled power is its forte, it still wants some five or six years of cellaring before showing all that it has.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reviewed: April 2015

International Wine Report, TOP 100 Wines of 2014
#2 - CORISON Cabernet Sauvignon, Kronos Vineyard 2011
Cathy Corison's 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet releases are absolutely incredible, highlighted by this stunning Kronos Vineyard Cabernet. While many winemakers across the Valley struggled with the extended, cool growing season in 2011, these conditions played right into her hand of producing classic, pure and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine instantly bursts open with delicious fresh cassis and blackberries followed by spring floral, graphite hints of exotic spices and a lovely mineral character. It possesses wonderful finesse and balance along with beautiful polished tannins that carry the wine into the finish. I can't say enough about the brilliant job Cathy Corison has accomplished in 2011, this is simply a gorgeous wine that is delicious today and will continue to evolve for well beyond a decade. (Best 2015-2030)  98 Points                                                                                                                                                                                                             November 2014 (JD)  

Antonio Galloni presents VINOUS - explore all things wine
Dark red cherries, plums, freshly cut flowers, mint and spices lift from the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos. In 2011, the Kronos is especially aromatic and lifted in style. Hints of kirsch and lavender add nuance on the delineated, layered finish.  (2015-2026)  93                                                                               December 2014

California Grapevine
Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, deep, intense, spicy, red currant and black cherry fruit aroma with hints of dried, herbs, vanilla, and graphite; full body; tight, firmly structured, dark berry fruit flavors with good depth and firm acidity; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Shows good  balance and potential elegance that will come with further bottle aging.  Very highly recommended. 13.0% alcohol; 512 cases; 100% CS; to be released May 2015.                                      Volume 41, January 2015

Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences
Exceptional   2011 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Kronos ($150):  The aromas of olive, mint, and a faint tea note add depth to dark dried-cherry fruit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Volume XVIII, Issue 39, November 13, 2014
2011 Corsion Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos
92   This is really showing well now with blueberry, black berry, salt and white pepper character. Medium body, firm tannins and a savory finish… mineral undertones. Drink now.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    January 15, 2016

Rodale’s Organic Life, 10 Simply Lovely Natural Wines
Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
The most elegant cabernet in the Napa Valley, in my opinion, is made by Cathy Corison, whose 40-year-old vines are some of Napa’s most antique… Corison farms organically and picks her grapes early. They have less sugar, more acid, pronounced aromatics, and a superb minerality that makes the wine taste more Old World than Californian.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Betsy Andrews, April 1, 2015

Global Traveler
Kronos 2011 is gorgeous… Corison, who emphasizes balance and restraint in her wines, managed to create a smooth, elegant wine of tightly blended flavors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Eunice Fried, May 2, 2015

Corison Does it Her Way
2011 Kronos Vineyard Cabernet …display(s) the elegant texture and harmonious composition of fruit, tannins and acidity that is Corison's calling card.
                                                                                                                                                                    John Foy, Newark Star Ledger, February 26, 2015

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