Beautifully perfumed aromas of rose petal, violets, blackberry, dark chocolate and incipient cigar tobacco burst from the glass in a striking array, the prelude to a wine that’s structured around refined, savoury tannins and juicy acidity. An ethereal and classically proportioned Cabernet which will age effortlessly thanks to its flawless balance, likely putting on weight with bottle age. Terrific stuff; not to be missed.
- Cabernet Sauvignon: Ridge Vineyards, MacDonald, Corison,
Philip Togni, Dominus Estate, Dunn Vineyards, Schrader Cellars,
Screaming Eagle, BOND, Harlan Estate, Maybach,
…there’s an air of precise, pure wild blueberry fruit. The soft, plush palate is unforced and gentle, concentrated but not extracted, still tight and all about the fruit and velvet texture. A little oak spice on the finish to lift it all.
A deep, inky wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is endowed with serious depth. Here the flavors are unusually dark and intense, with plenty of blue and black stone fruits. Graphite, cloves and licorice contribute to an overall impression of gravitas… Hints of violet, lavender and plum add the final shades of nuance. All of the signatures of the vintage come through beautifully. The translucent, mineral-laced finish is especially appealing. Frankly, it's hard to put the glass down.
2013 Napa Valley: A First Look...
- I have been drinking Cathy Corison’s Cabernets since the mid 1990s, but this is the first time I have tasted the wines from barrel at such an early stage. It is fascinating to taste the vineyards that go into the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon separately. In particular, the 2013 Cabernet from Hayne is compelling for the striking purity of its fruit. Some of the other benchland sites display more ferrous, mineral notes that add complexity to the blend.
A year’s worth of bottle age has certainly not done anything but enhance the perception of high quality in this top flight vintage from Cathy. The bouquet is starting to blossom nicely since I last tasted the wine in the spring of 2015, offering up a pure and nascently complex blend of black berries, black cherries, tobacco leaf, Rutherford dust, smoke, gravelly soil tones and a discreet base of new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and strikingly pure on the attack, with a fine core, ripe tannins and a beautifully balanced, long and utterly seamless finish. This is really a stunning bottle in the making and all it needs is time in the cellar to come into its own.John Gilman, May-June 2017, #69View from the Cellar
Cathy Corison’s 2013 Napa Valley bottling is the first cabernet sauvignon I have tasted from this vintage, and the wine is an absolute classic in the making. The beautifully youthful and pure nose wafts from the glass in a blend of red and black cherries, a hint of meatiness, incipient notes of Rutherford Dust, cigar wrapper, a touch of allspice and a very refined framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full bodied, focused and impeccably balanced, with a fine core of fruit, ripe tannins, lovely soil inflection and outstanding length and grip on the cool, classy and nascently complex finish. At 13.5 percent alcohol, this wine is just perfect in all respects and simply needs the addition of bottle age to blossom into a hauntingly beautiful bottle of cabernet sauvignon.John Gilman, July-August 2015, #58International Wine Report95
The 2013 is another remarkable wine to add to the impressive list of amazing Napa Valley Cabernet from Cathy Corison. This instantly opens with irresistible aromas of fresh ripe blackberries and currants woven together with loads of intense violets and graphite, along with hints of dried sage and pencil shavings. On the palate this shows remarkable concentration and depth, yet remains beautifully balanced and focused with wonderful purity through the velvety, layered finish. This improves with each second in the glass and I only expect this to continue to evolve gracefully for many years to come. The 2013 certainly has a wonderful future in store.September, 2015 (JD)Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
- 2013 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley: The classic 1980s Napa
Cabernet aroma of sage, red cherry, cassis and a trace of tar. This is a
superb example of a Napa Valley Cabernet at its best, a wine that will
age for at least a decade since it is made from very mature vines and by
a wine maker whose track record is unblemished for perfection.Volume XX - Issue 7, November 20, 2016Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
“…an incisive, fairly complex look at the grape that quietly shows off the grape’s more elegant side.”December 2015California Grapevine
2013 Corison, Napa Valley – Medium-dark purplish ruby; attractive, deep, blueberry and blackberry fruit aroma with herbal notes and hints of cassis, mocha, tobacco, and baking spices; full body; deep, concentrated, red and black fruit flavors that are well balanced and firmly structured; full tannin; lingering aftertaste…
Very highly recommended.Volume 42, February 2016JamesSuckling.com93
A very minerally and subtle wine with blueberry, blackberry... Some
saltiness. Full to medium body, balanced and refined. Delicious already
but shows wonderful tension and finesse. Drink or hold.January 15, 2016Wine & Spirits Magazine 92
…this wine allows the region’s generosity to show through without any
excess weight or aggressive tannins… (a) red currant–scented cabernet,
fragrant and clean, with a spark of acidity to balance the fleshy
richness of the fruit. A juicy, mouthwatering wine for roast duck.
Corison Winery, St. Helena, CA(02/16)Napawinetaste.com
With the popularity pendulum swinging back toward graceful wines with balanced alcohol in Napa Valley, Cathy Corison is often cited as a non-wavering flag-bearer for this style. Cathy and her husband are not just spokespersons on style, however, but they also get down and dirty in the vineyard and cellar, involved every step of the way in the creation of their wines.
Tasting a Corison wine is tasting this “popular-again” style of Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon. But don't think you won't get rich blackberry fruit -- it's there -- along with violet floral, dark cocoa and spice complexity; all served up on a structured yet juicy palate.Catherine Bugue 9/11/17Hawk Wakawaka
The 2013 Corison Napa Valley is one of the best vintages I've ever had from @cathycorison (+ I have had all of them). It's a perfect harmony of flavor to structure, both delicious + deftly formed. Striking.1/25/16, www.instagram.com/p/BA-dGfxo6lk/maker’s table
Highly perfumed, it’s suffused with high-toned red cherries, black raspberries, and black currants. The texture is silky and sueded but with sparkly acidity that glisters in the mid-palate. The use of oak is restrained, with its nearly imperceptible influence of toast, wood tannin, and barrel spice. On Day Two I found more cassis in the wine, plus something akin to lavender… It’s light-hearted now, and its copious shiny cherry fruit makes it feel clean and fresh-washed, a wine without artifice. I want to taste this vintage again in two years, then three more, and so on.Meg Houston Maker, makerstable.com, January 9, 2017LE PAN
92 A hugely successful Cabernet for Corison in this vintage, combining freshness, lift and wonderful intensity. The flavors are ripe, juicy and intense, while at the same time filled with detail and nuances that make you keep going back to the glass. Long finish. Potential to age 15-plus years.Jeannie Cho Lee, LP Guide, September-October 2015