2005 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 3.0L

2005 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 3.0L


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The 2005 Corison Cabernet is classic and refined with great bones. September that year was unseasonably chilly and harvest was a full month later than normal. Time on the vine allowed the development of the full range of flavors that Cabernet can achieve (red and blue fruits grading into the darker, purple and black notes) at moderate alcohol. Cold nights promoted great natural acidity.

Inviting aromas jump out of the glass. Cherry pie, complete with allspice, nutmeg and cardamom, dominates the aromas and flavors with hints of plum, cassis, lavender and dark chocolate chiming in. The overall impression is warm and engaging.      - Cathy Corison


Vinography: a wine blog
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of bright cherry, cedar, and graphite. In the mouth, lavender and dried flowers, swirl in a crystalline bright sphere of flavor that glints with gorgeous brightness and juiciness. Incredibly fine grained tannins add a skein of structure to the glassy pure fruit. Phenomenal acidity makes for a long citrusy finish. Utterly fresh and compelling. A knockout of a wine. 13.6% alcohol. Score: a perfect 10.    Alder Yarrow, vinography.com, 6.27.2015

The Wall Street Journal
Time in a Bottle: Can Napa Valley Cabernet Age?

If you’re lucky enough to be in Napa Valley, pick up one of these wines... that are in the primes of their lives.  2005 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - A wonderfully well-balanced and expressive wine marked by beguiling aromas of cassis and plum… juicy, with velvety tannins.  On Wine by Lettie Teague, onlinewsj.com, Nov. 21, 2014

Maker's Table
2005 Corison Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
The 2005 vintage was slow and cool. This wine, ten years later, is meaty, with a deeply smoky undertow and a sueded texture across the tongue. The palate of star anise, black plums, and coffee-bean savoriness wears the pleasant filigree of oxidation. This wine reads like brown velvet.    Meg Houston Maker, makerstable.com, June 28, 2015

Make no mistake, California 2005 Cabs are juicy, full-flavoured and potent, yet many of them show restraint…Warm, spicy, berry nose. Fine, plum jam, spicy notes. Plenty of weight. Firm, crisp tannins. Nice length…has the structure and moderate alcohol (13.6%) to age for years. Blackcurrant, Christmas spice, tobacco... Closes with succulence and crispness. Corison, Napa Valley  5 Stars    Decanter Magazine 2008

San Francisco Chronicle  
*** Begins with an earthy note that moves to smoke, anise-tinged plum and graphite aromas. Focused palate shows some reddish and sweet black fruit; there is structure within its big grip, but overall it is a fresh, lighter style.    November 14, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle - TOP 100 WINES 2008
Cathy Corison coaxed a smoky, anise-tinged effort from the 2005 vintage. Balanced, fresh and ripe, with sweet black fruit, plum graphite and a big grippy finish, very much in line with her more structured, firmly tannic and age worthy approach.

Wine Enthusiast

95  This wine is so balanced it hits the palate as impeccable and gorgeous. The flavors, of currants, cherries, vanilla and sweet oak, are only part of it. It is so dry, so richly structured in tannins and acids, so pure through the long, spicy finish, that it easily deserves its high score.    February 2009

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 
92+  Good full ruby-red.  Musky aromas of dried cherry, cedar, fresh herbs, incense and tobacco.  Dense, juicy and fine-grained, with lovely verve to its delineated flavors of raspberry, spices, loam, leather and herbs.  Finishes ripe and long but delicate, with nicely integrated acidity, understated sweetness and fine tannins that dust the front teeth.  Mouth-filling Cabernet without any undue weight, a bit in the style of the '08.    Stephen Tanzer, September 2012

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Vintage Retrospective: 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Full ruby-red. Aromas of redcurrant, plum and chocolate accented by herbs and dried flowers. Supple on entry, then a touch herbal and dry in the middle palate, conveying moderate sweetness and depth to its blueberry, cherry and leather flavors.   Stephen Tanzer, May 2016

Le Pan Magazine

Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
93   An elegant wine with nice depth and intensity with youthful flavors.  The wine is nearly 10 years old but one can barely taste any evolution.  Firm tannins with long length.  Great potential to age further.    Jeannie Cho Lee, LP Guide, September-October 2015

Global Traveler
“Her 2005 – beautifully balanced, smooth, refined yet rich and inviting – offers an aroma of plums and berries.”    Eunice Fried, May 2, 2015

Newark Star Ledger - Corison Does it Her Way
The 2005 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley has the black fruit aroma and flavor with tobacco and leather accents that recalled the Beaulieu Vineyards Georges de Latour, Inglenook Cask, and Heitz Cabernet Sauvignons of the 1970s. There is no shouting from the glass; just - as if just were a simple word - an elegant texture that graces your palate with flavor and balance.    John Foy, February 26, 2015

Confessions of a Wine Geek
   Such a pure nose of blackcurrant and cassis with great concentration of sweet fruit on the attack. But the fruit stays with you and carries the layers of Asian spice to an incredibly long finish. So stylish.    confessionsofawinegeek.com, August 9, 2014

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