2001 Kronos Cabernet Painted 3.0L

2001 Kronos Cabernet Painted 3.0L


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Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is our single-vineyard estate wine.  These rare vines are more than 30 years old and produce just over one ton per acre each year.  2001 was a classic vintage, with ideal conditions for making powerful yet elegant wines.  There was not a single heat spike over 100 °F during the entire ripening season.  Warm days and cool, foggy nights resulted in inky color and full, complex flavors.  The spare rainfall during the winter months favored a smaller than average crop, contributing uncommon intensity to the wine.    ~Cathy Corison


Deep core of ruby-black colour with slightly less density than the previous couple of vintages. Star bright in the glass. Aromatics of gunmetal and white mushrooms. Bursting front of the palate carrying notes of gunmetal, lavender and violet that roll through the mouth into flavours of blackcurrant, a mix of mushrooms and a sprinkle of pepper. Lovely density of flavour and complexity here with depth and freshness. The 2001 is a bit more approachable and open than the powerhouse 1999 but not in the sense of carrying less seriousness or less structure. There is simply a more convivial character in the 2001 compared with the brooding elements of the 1999. Some wet-tobacco notes and a little more mushroom reduction appear with air through the finish. Great balance in all directions here – energy, freshness, complexity, approachability and length, all with impressive ageing potential.  Drink 2012-2038.Elaine Chukan Brown for jancisrobinson.com, 3/12/19thetastingpanel
Legends of Napa Valley – Tasting the History of America’s Most Celebrated Wine Region
95  Firm and structured with vibrant, lovely acidity; racy, pure and juicy; vivid, tangy fruit.Anthony Dias Blue, January 2013San Francisco Chronicle
The Chronicle’s Wine Selections: Napa Valley Cabernet over $50
*** The organically farmed vineyard, planted on gravelly bench soils between Rutherford and St. Helena, is notable for its 30-year-old vines.  Elusive flowery aromas, with toasted wood notes that dominate but also lend a distinct freshness.  Subtle cherry and blackberry... Tapered ending.Jon Bonné, December 15, 2006Food & Wine
The Buyer’s Guide to 75 of the Best California Wines
“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, April 2006Wine Enthusiast Magazine
94  This single vineyard beauty is Corison’s cellar bet...  It’s a big, flavorful wine, packed with plums, blackberries, currants and mocha, as well as a coating of sweet oak...12/1/2005Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
91(+1)  Good full ruby. Brooding aromas of black raspberry, minerals, violet and bitter chocolate. Sweeter, denser and fatter than the 2003 and 2002 Napa bottlings, with claret-like notes of leather, smoke, cedar and graphite. Here the acids are more obviously integrated, but there's still a bit of tarry oak to be absorbed. Finishes with lovely length and lingering sweetness. The yield, always low in this vineyard, was just 1-1/2 tons per acre.May/June 2005The Colorado Wine News
EDITORS’ CHOICE – BEST WINE   Aromas of blueberry, blackberry, cherry, currant, spice, earth, a soft sweetness and subtle oak introduce flavors of the same which have wonderful depth, layering, and intensity and great, balanced acidity and integrated smooth tannins.  All finish long and medium-broad... Outstanding.