2015 Helios Sunbasket Cab Franc 750 ml

2015 Helios Sunbasket Cab Franc 750 ml


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Warm spring days in March got the ball rolling and set the stage for an early season. Between the ongoing drought and cold temperatures during bloom, the 2015 crop was smaller than average. Then heat in August and September brought the grapes in for one of the earliest harvests on record. The resulting scraggly clusters of tiny berries were intensely delicious. Lilting minerality greets you and complements the raspberry and blackberry fruit. Floral notes of violets and rose petals typical of Cabernet Franc jump out of the glass, and crisp natural acidity lifts the aromas and flavors. Hints of spice add even more complexity.
-Cathy Corison


Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine 
** 94 
CORISON Helios Sunbasket Vineyard St.Helena 2015
Given its maker’s track record of producing rich but fairly refined Cabernet Sauvignons, it should come as no surprise that this wine shows a sense of sophistication and careful tailoring that sets it well part from the somewhat burlier norm of most of its varietal mates. It eschews blustery ripeness in favor of claret-like restraint, yet it is amazingly deep in fruit... its fruity stamina and implicit layering are guarantors of great things to come. Some wines age on the strength of their potency, while others, such as this, by dint of proportion and balance, and we are not in the least hesitant in predicting no less than a decade of steady improvement for this beautifully crafted offering.October 2018International Wine Report
  The Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Franc is another stunning wine from Corison in this vintage. It opens to gorgeous aromatics of blackberries, tobacco, floral, minerals and even a subtle savory character, adding further complexity, as they all merge together and burst from the glass. Displaying remarkable balance and precision, this continues to impress with its outstanding balance of ripe fruit and acidity, keeping it fresh and well poised through the long, beautifully polished finish. A total beauty, with a wonderful future ahead.May, 2018Wine Enthusiast Magazine
A 100% varietal wine, this shines in its full embrace of woody succulence, driven by a core of balanced red and black cherry. Tightly woven tannins provide structure without distraction or dominance, allowing an earthy thread of leather and clove to close things out.12/31/2018JamesSuckling.com
  Pretty mint, blue fruit, dried flowers, and blackberries. Lovely aromas. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Very enjoyable. Drink now.May 2018California Grapevine
Medium to medium-dark ruby color; attractive, deep, ripe, intense, spicy, dark cherry, raspberry, and blackberry fruit aroma with a floral note of rose petal; full body; deep, rich, textured, red and black fruit flavors with bright acidity; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Nicely balanced and appealing to drink now as it showed some elegance and complexity as it developed with airing in the glass, though will benefit from several more years of bottle aging. Made by Cathy Corison at the Corison Winery. Very highly recommended.Volume 44, December 2018Wine and Spirits Magazine
91  This is a warm, spicy franc in 2015, its red and green fruit notes darkened by scents of cocoa nibs. The black tannins show a lot of extract, smoky and firm, needing a few years of bottle age to bring the fruit forward.(08/18)Vinous - explore all things wine 
  The 2015 Cabernet Franc Sunbasket Vineyard is a powerful, earthy wine. The intense ripeness of the vintage seems to dominate the wine's balance, while varietal notes are pushed into the background. Super ripe red cherry, plum, spice, cedar and tobacco all open up in the glass.Antonio Galloni, January 2018VertdeVin
The nose is fruity, fresh, elegant and offers concentration. It reveals notes of cassis, plum and small notes of blackberry associated with small touches of cherry, hints of liquorice as well as discreet hints of oak, discreet toasted hints and chocolate. The palate is fruity, well-balanced and offers a small juiciness, a slight freshness, a good structure, a beautiful roundness as well as finesse. On the palate this wine expresses notes of juicy blackberry, juicy raspberry and small notes of cherry associated with slight touches of juicy/crunchy redcurrants, crunchy cassis as well as discreet hints of cocoa and an imperceptible touch of coffee.Jonathan Choukroun Chicheportiche, 5/2018

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