Corison Kronos Cabernet 3 Bottle Boxed Set


Corison Kronos Cabernet 3 Bottle Boxed Set

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Three-bottle boxed set including one bottle each of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Long and cool, 2011 was a challenging, but ultimately rewarding vintage. Ending with a big dose of rain, this season played handily into my style, favoring an elegant and refined expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. On well-drained, gravelly benchland soils, Kronos Vineyard promotes early ripening, shining in years such as this. A scant crop of scraggly clusters with tiny berries resulted in a wine of uncommon depth and concentration.

Kronos Vineyard sports its very best qualities in vintages like 2012. Bright blueberry notes join the dominant black fruit flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, plum and cassis in a layered display that carries through into a seemingly endless finish. Pretty violet perfume, minerality and spice complete the package. The tannins feel like velvet. This is one for the ages.

Wow. This inky wine jumps out of the glass with ripe boysenberries and floral perfume. 2013 was a near-perfect vintage with ideal spring weather for flowering, which resulted in a bumper crop of deliciousness. With highs seldom climbing out of the 80F’s and chilly nighttime lows, an unseasonably cool summer gave the wine its firm structure. Lush ripe red fruit with balancing natural acidity complement the characteristic Kronos viscosity. The tannins are assertive but feel like velvet.Cathy Corison

Reviews:

2011

Antonio Galloni presents VINOUS - explore all things wine
93  Dark red cherries, plums, freshly cut flowers, mint and spices lift from the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos. In 2011, the Kronos is especially aromatic and lifted in style. Hints of kirsch and lavender add nuance on the delineated, layered finish.  (2015-2026)   December 2014JancisRobinson.com
18  Ruby-black core with ruby edges. Star bright in the glass. Fresh lifting aromatics showing notes of cedar, dried rose and potpourri. Exuberant, exotic flavours including notes of blooming roses, mixed dried citrus, and a cascade of mixed fruits. Accents of cedar and gunmetal with a background of white mushrooms show layers of complexity. This is a lovely, harmonious wine that is simultaneously finessed, exotic and nicely balanced – fine-boned and lengthy with ultra-fine-grained, persistent tannin. There is something incredibly fine and delicate here like bone china or antique lace while also full of beauty and presence. This is the most ethereal of the vintages tasted though I don’t mean by that to deny the real presence and still earthy elements throughout the wine. Lovely. A favourite. Those looking for the power and push easily possible with this variety will need to look elsewhere. This wine is all about delicacy, finesse and nuance. The size and weight of the wine is comparable to the 1996 but everything here at the same time actually feels finer boned – it would be easy to assume that implies less ageing potential for this vintage but there is such harmony of elements here that I’m inclined to give it just as much overall time as other vintages. To put that another way, the wine has the incredible elegance, and fineness of fine china, and fine china remains quite durable for decades (and as museums teach us, even longer) as long as we don’t drop it.  13%  Drink 2018-2034Elaine Chukan Brown for jancisrobinson.com, 3/12/19Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
++  Very much hewing to the subdued, firmly built style championed by its maker and adored by her fans, the 2011 Kronos gets high marks for varietal precision and unwavering focus, and it once again proves that Cabernet Sauvignon is capable of richness and wide-reaching range without needing to flex its big muscles. As is the norm, it steers clear of high ripeness and, in this vintage, shows an edge of green tea to its quietly confident, curranty fruit. Its filling fits its trim frame, and its many pieces are seamlessly joined and, while finesse rather than unbridled power is its forte, it still wants some five or six years of cellaring before showing all that it has.  Reviewed: April 2015
2012

Decanter – 2015 California Wine Guide
Murphy’s top 2012 Cabernet Buys
Corison, Kronos Vineyard, Napa Valley 2012  18.5 (95)  Old, low-yielding vines produce a wine with effusive aromas and flavours of potpourri, black fruit, Asian spice and black olive.  Scintillating acidity, unfolding complexity and a long, bracing finish make this a wine not to be missed.  Drink 2016-2028 Alc 13.7%September 2015Jancisrobinson.com
17  Ruby-black core to ruby edges. Star bright in the glass. Aromatics of redcurrant, black cherry and dark cocoa with hints of cedar and gunpowder. Bursting, expressive palate of mixed fruits and blooming roses – mixed citrus, crisp dark berries, redcurrant and pomegranate. Fine-grained tannin and balancing acidity…   Elaine Chukan Brown for jancisrobinson.com, 12 Mar 2019Antonio Galloni presents VINOUS explore all things wine
95+  The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos presents a more intensely mineral and savory profile than the Napa Valley, with the opulence of the vintage pushed more into the background. Dried flowers, iron, spice, leather and mint add nuance. Ideally readers should give the 2012 at least a few years in bottle… The 2012 is a big wine, but it is also quite vivid, full of detail and nuanced. Antonio Galloni, Oct. 20152013

Decanter Magazine
99
   Cathy Corison's 2013 Kronos is a little more brooding than her regular Cabernet Sauvignon, with darker fruit tones, richer notes of cocoa and more volume on the palate, but the two share a wonderful perfume of roses and violets, expressed with an exuberance unusual for Cabernet Sauvignon. A stunner.     William Kelley, Decanter.com, April 6, 2017VINOUS explore all things wine
96+  Graphite, slate, lavender, cloves and crushed rocks are some of the notes that open up in Cathy Corison's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos. A deep, inky wine, the 2013 possesses unreal concentration and unctuousness, yet there is plenty of minerality underpinning the fruit. Red cherry jam, rose petal, mint and sweet spices emerge over time, but the 2013 is a wine of pure textural depth and intensity. The 2013 is a wine of unreal finesse.Antonio Galloni, Oct. 2015Wine and Spirits Magazine
Corison 2013 Napa Valley Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 
96   Napa Valley cabernet is often formidable, but it’s rare to find one that’s both formidable and fresh. Kronos is racy in 2013, lean and lithe with the energy and dynamism of the vintage. Kronos is Cathy Corison’s estate vineyard, eight acres surrounding her winery on the west side of Highway 29 in southern St. Helena. The cabernet was planted in 1971 on St. George rootstock, which has the benefit of naturally limiting yields; it also helped the vines survive the region’s most recent bout with phylloxera. The freshness of this wine’s acidity is unusual in contemporary Napa Valley (especially in the up-valley reaches of St. Helena); it lends a tart, fruit-skin crunch to the red cherry and darker plum flavors, and lifts the scent with violet notes. Brilliant cabernet, this is rooted in the best aspects of Napa Valley’s past. Cellar a case and it will provide exceptional drinking for years to come.wineandspiritsmagazine.com, 6/17