2019 Valentine Duet

2019 Valentine Duet


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Includes one bottle each of the 2012 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2016 Corazón Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer.

Looking at our cellar, the 2012 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon jumped out at us as the bottle to share with you for Valentine's Day.  It is still enjoying its early fruit-driven peak and has had enough time in the bottle to start developing beautiful floral aromas.  Sold out at the winery, we are re-releasing a few bottles for this special offer.

This duet also includes a bottle of the 2016 Corazón Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer.  Corazón is the ancestral form of my family name and means "heart" in Spanish.  Inspired by the wines of Alsace, the Corazón Gewürztraminer is fermented to total dryness and has snappy, mouthwatering natural acidity.  Celebrate Valentine's Day with this tasty red and white!


The 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Cathy Corison is a completely compelling wine, immediately impressing with its striking purity and elegant personality. As this slowly unwinds it begins to release gorgeous aromas of ripe currants and fresh dark fruits, which are woven together with graphite, pencil shavings, violets, sweet Asian spices and minerals all coming together and soaring from the glass. This beautifully textured, polished Cabernet continues to impress with its remarkable balance, wonderful precision and outstanding depth as it makes a seamless transition into the long, velvety finish. Cathy Corison managed to capture all the ripeness from the vintage, while at the same time keeping this wine well-tailored and extremely classy. Even at this infant stage the 2012 already shows a great deal of appealing characteristics, however this is a wine which will be long-lived, capable of lasting decades and will only improve over time. Overall, a simply tremendous effort from Cathy Corison. (Best 2017-2036) May 2015 (JD)Antonio Galloni Presents VINOUS Explore All Things Wine
  Cathy Corison's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, pliant and super-expressive. Open-knit and supple, the 2012 is open and quite delicious today. This is an unusually dark Cabernet from Cathy Corison. I imagine the 2012 will drink well for another decade plus, perhaps considerably longer. Black cherries, plums, cloves, new leather and chocolate flesh out on the resonant, expressive finish. Antonio Galloni, Oct. 2015Decanter – 2015 California Wine Guide
Murphy’s top 2012 Cabernet Buys
Corison, Napa Valley 2012   The mouthfilling cherry and berry fruit is perfectly ripe, with enhanced fresh herb, cedar and forest-like notes.  Fine tannins and crisp acidity.  Drink 2016-2026 September 2015California Grapevine
2012 Corison, Napa Valley – Medium-dark purplish ruby; attractive, deep, complex, blueberry and blackberry fruit aroma with a note of cassis and hints of dried herbs and vanilla; full body; rich, ripe, textured, well balanced, currant and dark berry fruit flavors with good depth and an expansive, velvety mouthfeel; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Approachable and appealing now, though deserving another five more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.Volume 41, June 2015View from the Cellar
  (Cathy’s) 2012 “Napa” cabernet sauvignon, which is her twenty-sixth vintage here, is really a beautiful wine, tipping the scales at a very refined 13.9 percent alcohol and offering up an utterly classic bouquet of red and black cherries, tobacco smoke, beautiful spice tones, a touch of currant leaf, Rutherford dust and a judicious framing of new oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and marvelously elegant, with a lovely core, superb soil signature, nascent complexity and excellent focus and grip on the very long, ripely tannic and impeccably balanced finish. This wine will age brilliantly! Tout en finesse.July-August 2015, #58Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences
Wine of the Week  2012 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley: Fabulous Cab aroma that features dried herbs, red and dark cherries, a hint of plum, and an exotic peppermint aroma. Absolute harmony between all parts—acid, tannin, loads of fruit, no overt oak. The best wine to illustrate the seamlessness we wrote of here last week. Cathy Corison has never wavered in her quest to keep Napa’s historic image alive with utterly classic Cabs. Don’t miss this perfectly balanced wine. Volume XIX, Issue 30, September 3, 2015Maker's Table
2012 Corison Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
This new vintage has a floral perfume that mingles roses, fennel, and toasted anise seed, and its red currant and cranberry fruits suggest ripeness but not sweetness. The wine feels alive, fresh and vibrant, with a kind of gamine, pliant springiness wrapped around a vital, muscular core. As this wine ages this youthful body will attenuate and sharpen, becoming even more beautiful.Meg Houston Maker, makerstable.com, June 28, 2015Le Pan
  Dark berry fruit with velvety tannins and wonderful restraint in this ripe vintage.  Cassis, red currant and a hint of cedar.  Cathy Corison has been making wine in Napa for over 30 years and the grapes have been sourced from the same vineyards for 28 of those.  Matured in 50% new French oak for 22 months. Jeannie Cho Lee, LP Guide, September-October 2015 Jamessuckling.com
As always, a red with balance and tension plus black currant, spice and wet bark aromas and flavors. Full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now.July 28, 2015

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