Corison Kronos Cabernet Vertical Box Set

Corison Kronos Cabernet Vertical Box Set


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This set includes a bottle each of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, in a wooden box.

2012 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon:
A cold, rainy March set the stage for a nearly perfect growing season, allowing us to dry-farm Kronos Vineyard. The ripening season followed with moderate highs, mostly in the 80°F’s, all the way through to picking at the end of September. Coupled with cold nights, often in the 40°F’s, the season yielded ripe, juicy fruit with uncommon natural acidity. Kronos Vineyard sports its very best qualities in vintages like this. Bright blueberry notes join the dominant black fruit flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, plum and cassis in a layered display that carries through into a seemingly endless finish. Pretty violet perfume, minerality and spice complete the package. The tannins feel like velvet. This is one for the ages.

2013 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon:
Wow. This inky wine jumps out of the glass with ripe boysenberries and floral perfume. 2013 was a near-perfect vintage with ideal spring weather for flowering, which resulted in a bumper crop of deliciousness. With highs seldom climbing out of the 80F’s and chilly nighttime lows, an unseasonably cool summer gave the wine its firm structure. Lush ripe red fruit with balancing natural acidity complement the characteristic Kronos viscosity. The tannins are assertive but feel like velvet.

2014 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon:
A warm spring, following one of the driest winters on record, set the stage for this vintage, with scraggly clusters of small, concentrated berries paving the way. The summer and ripening season were moderate, giving us the long, cool season I hope for. Violets! and tuberose perfume jump out of the glass and mingle with dusty, loamy earth, cassis, plum and bright cherry notes. Blackberries, black cherry, plum and blueberries play nicely in the flavors, buoyed by the characteristic Kronos mouth-coating viscosity. Top-notes of baking spices, peppermint, anise and hints of chocolate add further layers of interest. Soft, silky tannins contribute grip. This wine couldn’t come from any other place.Cathy Corison


2012 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby-black core to ruby edges. Star bright in the glass. Aromatics of redcurrant, black cherry and dark cocoa with hints of cedar and gunpowder. Bursting, expressive palate of mixed fruits and blooming roses – mixed citrus, crisp dark berries, redcurrant and pomegranate. Fine-grained tannin and balancing acidity…   Elaine Chukan Brown for, 12 Mar 2019

Decanter – 2015 California Wine Guide
Murphy’s top 2012 Cabernet Buys
Corison, Kronos Vineyard, Napa Valley 2012  18.5 (95)  Old, low-yielding vines produce a wine with effusive aromas and flavours of potpourri, black fruit, Asian spice and black olive.  Scintillating acidity, unfolding complexity and a long, bracing finish make this a wine not to be missed.  Drink 2016-2028 Alc 13.7%     September 2015
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95+  The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos presents a more intensely mineral and savory profile than the Napa Valley, with the opulence of the vintage pushed more into the background. Dried flowers, iron, spice, leather and mint add nuance. Ideally readers should give the 2012 at least a few years in bottle… The 2012 is a big wine, but it is also quite vivid, full of detail and nuanced.   Antonio Galloni, Oct. 2015

Saint Helena Star
Wine of the week: Corison Winery 2012 Kronos Vineyard Napa Valley  Catherine Bugue, December 14, 2016

View from the Cellar
96  I had not tasted the 2012 Kronos Vineyard from Cathy Corison since its release in the spring of 2015 and was very happy that it was in our lineup at the winery in September. I loved this wine out of the blocks and it was showing brilliant potential at the winery, soaring from the glass in a beautiful, young aromatic blend of red and black cherries, a touch of eucalyptus, Rutherford dust, tobacco leaf and a very suave base of new wood. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a lovely core of sappy fruit, great focus and grip, fine- grained tannins and exquisite balance on the very, very long and refined finish. This is, of course, still a very young wine, but it will be one of the defining wines of Cathy’s illustrious career when all is said and done! 2030-2075+.   John Gilman, Issue #69, May-June 2017
94  Beautiful aromas of lavender, rosemary and black currants follow through to a full body with very pretty integrated tannins and a savory finish. It's cool, calm and delicious. Drink now.   July 28, 2015

Food & Wine   
The Buyer's Guide to 75 of the Best California Wines: 2012 Corison Kronos Vineyard Napa Valley - Veteran winemaker Cathy Corison creates this vividly aromatic, cassis-scented Cabernet from low-yielding 30-year-old vines surrounding her winery, off Napa Valley's famed Highway 29 between Rutherford and St. Helena.   Ray Isle,, September 22, 2016

2013 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Decanter Magazine
   Cathy Corison's 2013 Kronos is a little more brooding than her regular Cabernet Sauvignon, with darker fruit tones, richer notes of cocoa and more volume on the palate, but the two share a wonderful perfume of roses and violets, expressed with an exuberance unusual for Cabernet Sauvignon. A stunner.     William Kelley,, April 6, 2017

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96+  Graphite, slate, lavender, cloves and crushed rocks are some of the notes that open up in Cathy Corison's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos. A deep, inky wine, the 2013 possesses unreal concentration and unctuousness, yet there is plenty of minerality underpinning the fruit. Red cherry jam, rose petal, mint and sweet spices emerge over time, but the 2013 is a wine of pure textural depth and intensity. The 2013 is a wine of unreal finesse.     Antonio Galloni, Oct. 2015

Wine and Spirits Magazine
Corison 2013 Napa Valley Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 
96   Napa Valley cabernet is often formidable, but it’s rare to find one that’s both formidable and fresh. Kronos is racy in 2013, lean and lithe with the energy and dynamism of the vintage. Kronos is Cathy Corison’s estate vineyard, eight acres surrounding her winery on the west side of Highway 29 in southern St. Helena. The cabernet was planted in 1971 on St. George rootstock, which has the benefit of naturally limiting yields; it also helped the vines survive the region’s most recent bout with phylloxera. The freshness of this wine’s acidity is unusual in contemporary Napa Valley (especially in the up-valley reaches of St. Helena); it lends a tart, fruit-skin crunch to the red cherry and darker plum flavors, and lifts the scent with violet notes. Brilliant cabernet, this is rooted in the best aspects of Napa Valley’s past. Cellar a case and it will provide exceptional drinking for years to come., 6/17
96  A glorious old vine wine with mineral, stone, blueberry, black currant and wet earth. Full body, silky tannins and a long finish. Salty undertone, even iodine. There's an ethereal quality to this that makes you think.     November 23, 2016

Jancis Robinson
18.5+  Black core and ruby edges. Star bright in the glass. Expressive perfume on the nose with aromatics of dried roses and cedar accents – these carry into the palate alongside forest-floor elements, mixed spices of cigar box, gunpowder and mixed fruits – crisp red, blue and black fruits with mixed citrus notes. Firm blue plum, redcurrant, blackcurrant, ruby-red grapefruit and dark cocoa powder. Cocoa-powder tannin and balanced acidity. Tons of structure here with quite fine-powder tannin make the wine an impressive balance of approachable and yet with tenacious ageing potential. There is a lot of complexity here that will reveal itself with more time in bottle. Youth offers exotic perfumes currently that will deepen into the wine with age. Nicely done. Elaine Chukan Brown for, 3/12/19

View From The Cellar
  The just released 2013 Kronos Vineyard cabernet sauvignon from Cathy Corison is an absolute classic in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and absolutely riveting, soaring from the glass in a blend of black cherries, sweet cassis, Cuban cigars, a classic base of Rutherford Bench soil tones, a touch of allspice and a very sophisticated framing of nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is full and utterly suave on the attack, with glorious depth at the core, remarkable soil inflection for such a young cabernet, ripe seamless tannins and stunning focus and balance on the very, very long and very elegant finish. This is still a very young wine, but when it is ready for primetime drinking, it is going to be one of the legends of the last twenty years of Napa cabernet! The 2013 Kronos tips the scales at 13.4 percent octane and truly deserves the moniker of the Lafite-Rothschild of Napa! 2027-2075+.  John Gilman, Issue #69, May-June 2017
The Best Wines I Tasted in 2017
2013 Corison Kronos Vineyard -  Napa’s Cathy Corison has never wavered from producing elegant, terroir-driven cabernets, which are now, thankfully, coming back into vogue. During the 2017 harvest (before the terrible wildfires), as grapes from her great Kronos vineyard were being crushed, I tasted this thrilling wine with her in the winery barn, looking out on the vines it came from. The just-released 2013 is deep and intense, with Corison’s trademark savory minerality, spicy red fruit, velvety tannins, and plenty of finesse, a complete template for what Napa cabernet can be.   Elin McCoy, December 21, 2017

California Grapevine
2013 Corison, “Kronos Vineyard,” Napa Valley ($165) – Medium-dark ruby; attractive, intense, spicy, cassis and black cherry fruit aroma with hints of dried herbs and anise; full body; nicely balanced, firmly structured, red and dark fruit flavors with good depth and concentration; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Shows appealing Cabernet fruit along with some elegance.  Very highly recommended.     Volume 43, March 2017

Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences
2013 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Exceptional - Cathy Corison makes two of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons in the world… There are a handful of reasons why the Corison wines are sensational, not the least of which is that Cathy and her husband William farm an ancient block of CS in the heart of the valley that has very carefully been left alone to produce fruit for the annual gift: a house style that varies only by vintage… the Kronos is a wonder of fruit, complexity, nuances of barrel aging, and the potential to be simply amazing in about 20 years… this stuff is worth it.  Oh, is it!     Volume XX, Issue 22, June 13, 2017

Terroir Review
Perfumed, elegant, and shimmery old-vine Cabernet
2013 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard Napa Valley - The 2013 vintage was anodyne, nearly perfect, and the resulting wine is perfumed, lissome, youthful, and promising. It is fragrant of black currants and brambly berries and decorated, as with all of Cathy’s Cabernets, with rose petals and violets, anise seed and almost mint; it reads like a blooming field frilled with petals and leaves. The fruit is black-hearted, something like black cherries muddled with tart blueberries, but darker, too, and earthier. Texturally the wine is lustrous and gleaming, the tannins like ribbed silk velvet, but still pleasantly nappy at the finish.     Meg Houston Maker,, March 14, 2018

2013 Corison, Cabernet Sauvignon, Kronos Vineyard, Napa Valley
97 Points   Cathy Corison’s 2013 Cabernets are both blockbuster examples of pure Napa Valley fruit from a stellar vintage that stands out for powerfully dense and opulent wines that has amazing classic aging ability, but with gorgeous openness and ripe tannin, especially the latest Kronos, a monopole estate vineyard near Saint Helena on Hwy 29 that is a historic old vine site. …this 2013 really shows the year in it’s texture, density and length, while remaining faithful to Corison’s signature style and graceful touch with structured detail and balance…  The 2013 Corison Kronos Cabernet Sauvignon starts with it’s inky purple/black and garnet color and bouquet of acacia bloom, spiced violets, creme de cassis, cinnamon/vanilla and cedar that leads to a full bodied palate that is wonderfully seamless with polished/ripe/sweet tannin and mouth filling richness and intensity of black fruits with blackberry, plum, racy currant, blueberry and cherry compote as well as light graphite, sage/lavender, pipe tobacco, dusty/stone. The finish is sublimely lingering with bramble/briar berries, framboise, dried roses/incense and black licorice. This is wildly good wine, a celebration of vintage and terroir with stunning concentration, it’s a testament to the place, the winemaking and attention to excellence in the vineyard, this is pretty close to perfection!, May 8, 2017

2014 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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95  The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos is another rich, surprisingly powerful wine. The 2014 exudes notable concentration and depth, but the tannins are so integrated that the wine is almost shockingly approachable for such a young Kronos. Dark red stone fruit, smoke, licorice and tobacco add intrigue in this big, voluptuous wine, by Corison standards.   Antonio Galloni, December 2016
97  Aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants and flowers. Hints of dark chocolate. Full body, firm and velvety tannins and a gorgeous berry-like, subtle, fruity finish. Tangy and citrusy acidity. Forest floor. One of the best Kronos ever. Old-vine glory.     Friday, January 27, 2017

Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
CORISON Kronos Vineyard St. Helena 2014
94  Ms. Corison has never chosen the path of extravagant ripeness and her wonderfully poised and precise Cabernets will not be accused of being bombastic “fruit bombs,” but, as this lovely rendition once again proves, layered richness and a bit of constraint are not mutually exclusive and that genuinely compelling Cabernet need not swagger to succeed. It is moderately full-bodied without seeming “big” and delivers persistent, exceptionally well-focused flavors of specifically varietal, curranty fruit highlighted with quietly complementary notes of sweet spice and loam, and its overall balance and carefully matched, fine-grained tannins guarantee years of increasing interest and grace.    December 2017

Wine & Spirits Magazine
94  This classical cabernet grows at the vineyard behind Cathy Corison’s winery on the west side of Highway 29. It’s the rare cabernet vineyard from the 1970s (1971, in fact) that was planted on St. George rootstock and survived phylloxera, providing an opportunity to taste contemporary old-vine cabernet from one of Napa Valley’s coveted benchland sites. And it delivers: St. Helena may be one of the warmest spots in the valley, but these vines are rooted in cool earth, and they carry that coolness directly into the wine. It’s gently juicy with cherry-plum flavors, though the main impression is the suppleness of earthy tannins. Like the great cabernets of the 1970s, this should age with grace.    April 2018

Jancis Robinson
18  Very subtle purple fruit array on the nose.  Sinewy but not at all skinny.  Some violet cachou notes.  Appetising.  Made to make you want another mouthful? (This was the first wine I was tempted to swallow.)  Super-clean but the opposite of showy.  So neat.  Briney..., March 15, 2018

Highly Recommended  …brimming with blueberries and blackcurrent pastilles that sit within a judicious frame of tannin and fresh acidity.   April 2018
17.5+  Ruby black core to lighter ruby edges. Star bright in the glass. Cedar and white mushroom, dried citrus, and hints of gunpowder on the nose. Juicy, mouth-watering palate with plenty of flavour. Exotic perfume and fruits carry from nose to palate. A nice wine with good depth though a bit broader strokes compared with the incredible finesse and complexity of the 2013. Still quite young and will do well with time in bottle. Persistent tannin and balanced acidity carry into a very long finish.  Elaine Chukan Brown, 3/12/19

California Grapevine
2014 Corison, “Kronos Vineyard,” St. Helena, Napa Valley – Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, rich, ripe, deep, spicy, concentrated, cassis and boysenberry fruit aroma with a floral note and a trace of toasty oak; full body; intense, and somewhat elegant, red and dark fruit flavors that are nicely balanced and structured for a good five to ten more years of bottle aging; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended.     Volume 44, January 2018