2003 Kronos Cabernet 3.0L Painted Label

2003 Kronos Cabernet 3.0L Painted Label


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The 2003 growing season began with a vengeance.  There were a few early heat spikes in March followed by the wettest April on record. Luckily, as the season progressed, the weather became increasingly benign.  After veraison (the critical time when the vines were busy ripening their crop), there was nary a day over 100°.  Deep ruby in color, the 2003 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon boasts aromas of wild boysenberries, plums and cassis. Linzer torte and ripe black cherry flavors are complemented by hints of nutmeg, cardamom and vanilla.  Soft tannins contribute a round, lush mouth feel and hints of violets charm the lingering finish.    -Cathy Corison 


Vinography:  a wine blog
Icon Wines of Napa:  A Tasting  
2003 Corison "Kronos Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa:  Medium to dark garnet in color, this wine smells of cassis and cherry, with hints of violets and tobacco. In the mouth the wine is beautifully lithe, with gorgeous acidity and great length. Flavors of cherry, cassis, floral notes, and just a hint of the cedar, mix with the leather and red apple skin of age. Suede-like. Very youthful. 13.8% alcohol. Score: around 9.5.    Alder Yarrow on October 23, 2013, www.vinography.com

The 2003 Kronos stands out from other Corison wines by its maturity and its almost indestructible structure. But more importantly, it shines over everything that is done in Napa because of its tremendous drinkability, this eminently digestible side that you will not find in any other Napa cab…The 2003 vintage of Cathy Corison’s Kronos Vineyard earns the title of Le Sommelier Fou’s 2013 Grand Champion. I sincerely wish you to taste this wine, one day.    Posted on 12/31/2013 by dpelletierasm under Billets, lesommellierfou.com

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2003 Corison Kronos Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
95   If you choose one wine to stick in the cellar from the ’03 vintage, make it this one. It’s  so dry, balanced and complex. The heart of blackberries and red currants is opulently rich, with overtones of cedar, pencil lead, red licorice and sweet dried herbs. Brings to mind a classic Rutherford Cab. As delicious as the wine is now, especially with decanting, it really will benefit from aging. — S.H. (2/1/2008)

Stephen Tanzer's Internation Wine Cellar
2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard Napa Valley
90  Ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of blueberry, licorice, chocolate, leather and smoky, cedary oak.  Then supple and sweet in the mouth.  Finishes with firm, dusty tannins and notes of chocolate and leather.  

California Grapevine
2003 Corison Kronos Vineyard, Napa Valley
Medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, rich, intense, spicy, smoky, cassis and black cherry fruit aroma with hints of mint and tea; full body; tight, herbal, cedary, dark currant and black cherry fruit flavors; well balanced and structured; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Should continue to develop with another three to five more years of bottle aging.  Very highly recommended.     13.8% alcohol;  380 cases; 100% CS; released October 2007.    December 2007-January 2008

The Washington Post
2003 Corison Kronos Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from winemaker Cathy Corison. It took a full 40 minutes for this wine to open up and for its black-cherry fruit, pink peppercorn spice and bitter cocoa notes to show at their best.    Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, December 19, 2007

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, Kronos Vineyard
Her 2003 edition from her Kronos Vineyard just south of the town of St. Helena, I must say – while still exhibiting those aforementioned characteristics – is feminine. It’s soft, lovely and pretty, and lush and rich. Like all her wines, they are symmetrically balanced. There were only 400 cases produced.    August 24, 2006 by Alan Goldfarb