1998 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L

1998 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L


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Cathy's Tasting Notes Upon Release:
1998 was a growing season that required repeated crop removal in the vineyard to achieve even ripening, rewarding the patient Winegrower with a long, cool season that finished on the upswing with a lovely Indian summer. Dark, inky color and concentrated flavors resulted from the shy yields.  Juicy with cherry, berry and plum fruit, the flavors are spicy with cinnamon and cloves, cedar and hints of vanilla.  Gravelly, earthy notes add complexity.  Hints of dried rose petal and violet perfume are beginning to develop in the aromas.  Beautifully structured with a soft and silky texture, the 1998 Corison epitomizes the best of Napa Valley benchland Cabernet Sauvignon.   ~ Cathy Corison

Cathy's Notes from 25 Vintage Retrospective Tasting, October 2014:
Medium red brick.  Very pretty, perfumed, high-toned aromas including bay laurel and tarragon. Cola notes and mineral thread.  Intense, lovely, long. Wow. A current favorite at the winery. Drink or hold


VINOGRAPHY: a wine blog
1998 Corison Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California - Dark ruby in the glass, this wine smells of dried cherries and forest floor. In the mouth, cocoa powder, faint, powdery tannins and a supple silky texture carry flavors of cherry, cedar, and rose petals across the palate. Wonderfully earthy, with a deep forest floor quality that lingers through the finish along with a hint of saltiness. Thrumming with vibrant acidity and floral complexity. Gorgeous. 13.6% alcohol. 
Score: between 9.5 and 10.                                                                                                                                               Alder Yarrow, vinography.com, 6.27.2015

The New York Times On The Web, Wine Picks 
by Leslie Sbrocco, December 23, 2001
"Though her signature style - ripe fruit flavors paired with a velvety texture - is worthy of the cellar, her wines invite an immediate uncorking.  The Wine  1998 Corison, Cabernet Sauvignon... Well-balanced oak, tannins and acid create a strong structure fleshed out with juicy, yet powerful cassis fruit, touches of tobacco and hints of chocolate.  Drink now or age..."  (4.5 stars)

Wine Spectator online
   October 2001  
“Medium-weight, with herb, cedar and earthy cherry and plum flavors that are elegant and well-proportioned. Turns complex on the finish.”   by James Laube

Daily Wine   August 2005 
"The 1998 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunningly good wine from a vintage that was universally disregarded by most wine critics and most wine geeks. It was called "Light", "Soft" "Underdeveloped."  The Corison 1998 goes to show that even if the critics are right (and I'm not sure they are when it comes to 1998) all wines do not fall into their categorization."

"The 1998 Corison Cab is a perfectly balanced wine. The balanced still shows in spades with velvety tannins mixing with textural acidity that gives the wine the kind of structure a good Porterhouse steak or lamb shank really demands. The nose is where the wines complexity really is on display. Deep violet, anise, wild blackberry and sweet herbs (sage?). The flavors mimic the nose. It is a medium dense wine that is elegant and long. Its age isn't even a factor yet. The edge carries only the tiniest hint of brown. And, there is not a single note of hotness in this wine. The alcohol is 13.6%. Yes, 13.6%."

"This kind of Cabernet is rare in Napa Valley today. It's the type that is made by a winemaker cum stylist with the kind of self assurance you see in artists who break the mold and step beyond contemporary standards."       by Tom Wark

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